Reagan's got talent!
WRITTEN BY FREEDOM GOBEL
Sometimes we fail to see the unique talents that ordinary people around us possess. We can surprise ourselves.
The woman on the subway bench may be the most wonderful dancer. The man in the corner might be that painter with those beautiful brush strokes. Reagan has some hidden talents you may not know about. Take a look deeper and see what you can find out about the everyday people around you. You may be amazed.
“It’s a great sport. I wish people would play it,” said Walker.
Shiny Rose is a member of the varsity tennis team this year as a ninth grader. “Some people say ball is life. Well, mine is tennis,” said Shiny. Shiny Rose has been playing tennis for the past three to four years.
“In tennis, you can gain a lot of physical and mental wisdom. You have to learn to concentrate, relax, and play with a clear mind,” Shiny said. “Like chess, you have to use strategies to get the upper hand. You always have to be active to run, attack the ball, and you can't just stand there. You have to do your best all the time.”
“Tennis is something I can do to get away from everyday life. I love the concentration. It’s very stress-free. I enjoy playing tennis,” said Shiny.
how it feels to be a teen with diabetes
WRITTEN BY ALEXXUS HART
“It’s extremely difficult living with diabetes. It feels like you’re constantly wondering if the way you’re feeling is because of your diabetes or because you caught a cold. Normally, when you get older things get easier, but not with diabetes. It has gotten harder as I grow older because of having to keep up with everything. I’m constantly having the thought that I'm always gonna have to do this and it’s never going to change.” Rebecca Gulland has been a diabetic since she was 8 years old; she is now 16. It has been 8 years since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Common symptoms of Type 1 & 2 diabetes are:
The causes of Type 1 diabetes isn’t due to eating too much sugar, but it’s due to certain genetics and other factors that are still unknown. Similarly Type 2 diabetes isn't caused by eating too much sugar, but by certain lifestyle factors and genetics.
that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body,” according to the American Diabetes Association. Administration of insulin is essential for survival. When dealing with diabetes, you can always learn to manage your condition and live long, healthy lives.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, the problem is that your body that causes your blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. With type 2 diabetes your body doesn’t use insulin properly, which is called insulin resistance. At first, their pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels based off of the American Diabetes Association’s data.
Rebecca says, “Sometimes you want a break, but you eventually realize you can’t get one, due to the fact that being diabetic has become part of your lifestyle and isn’t going away like a cold would. Diabetes has changed my childhood extremely. When I was first diagnosed, it was really hard for me to tell people. I once had someone tell me they didn't want to hangout with me because I had to take shots. I used to be so afraid of the looks and side comments I would always go to the bathroom to hide it. Now that I’m older I have learned that this is something I have to live with and even though I don't like it, it has become part of me. Wasting time going to the bathroom to do a shot that I could do right then and there isn't going to help me with anything but avoid my problems. I usually don't tell people I have diabetes right away. I still feel as if it scares people away, especially because many people aren't educated with both types. A lot of people just believe that ‘if you're extremely overweight you can get diabetes’ because that's what so many people are told, but that’s not the case. If I don't tell them right away I usually try to tell them shortly after.I don't want to gain a close relationship and then have it break off over something I can't help. What some people need to understand is that I’m not diabetes, but then again diabetes is me. Over the years diabetes has become apart of me that I have learned to accept. I have way more to me than just being diabetic.”
"Over the years diabetes has become apart
There’s so much more to people than the labels people, illnesses and diseases give them. So, in honor of National Diabetes Month which is in November, everyone should drop the labels and see people as they really are.
winter break ideas
CREATED BY MARC CRUZ
J&J Debate #3: College
AUDIO DEBATE CREATED BY JEVEN HORTON & JULIO GARCIA
Do you think going to college is necessary? Listen to the audio to hear two different perspectives debated by two Reagan seniors.
Red Arrow Park
WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATIE GILLINGHAM
IT'S COLD! Yes, we all know it's about to be winter. The holidays are right around the corner, and most people will hang around inside, watch some relaxing TV with a warm cup of hot chocolate with piles of whip cream, and get cozy under piles of blankets.
Although, this is incredibly relaxing and enjoyable while it is freezing outside, it’s not entirely healthy to stay inside the entire winter. People can suffer from a condition called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression related to changes in the season. Look into it more on http://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2014/02/15/sgmd-gupta-explains-sad.cnn
Take it From the Team -
WRITTEN BY CORI KRONSCHNABEL
Holidays - a time spent socializing with family and friends; they are also an excuse to eat large amounts of food without remorse.
Every family is different. Most families have some sort of special holiday tradition - they cook the same food and do the same kinds activities every year without fail. Other families like to mix it up a little. Instead of having a real evergreen tree for Christmas, they may try a fake tree one year. Any tradition that involves food seems to be the best kind of tradition.
Everyone has their favorite food, and there is no exception when it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday this time of the year. Whether it’s a food they have eaten since they were a kid, or a recipe they recently discovered, food is food, and it is exceptionally delicious during the holidays.
Take it from the team! Here are some of the Husky Howler’s favorite holiday recipes!
(Read the Forbes article here; after you enjoy our highlights on the issue:) http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmarotta/2012/07/23/fund-a-teenagers-million-dollar-retirement/
Sure, in all reality, not a lot of teenagers are informed enough to start saving for retirement, but what about just saving money in general? That we can work with.
Bank and credit union positions often have a lot of experience with these things; including loans, savings accounts and retirement accounts like a 401K. Specifically, financial advisors are the ones that often help people save for retirement, as well as research the stock markets/marketplace, analyze information and work with their clients to prepare for a sound financial future. According to
Recklies mentions, “I have for different accounts...designated for specific items”, which is the smartest way to save money. Different saving accounts for christmas fund, college fund, spending, clothes, car, etc. Having a money saving plan is a critical thing you need in order to prepare for the future and to be financially stable now.
WRITTEN BY LEONARDO ESPINOZA
Meet The Truth
People use social media more these days than ever before. Sites like Facebook and Twitter helps people to stay connected with friends and family. However, when used carelessly or for the wrong reasons, social networking can be threatening, or hurtful to some. Words have a lot of power and often times online forums serve as a shield; these websites instill some with the confidence to say things they otherwise wouldn’t say in person. Whether intentionally or not, these types of social media can seriously hurt a person’s reputations, or threaten their safety. Mostly, everyone seems to think of these sites and services as relatively safe - no one thinks of the dangers that accompany it.
Social media is both a blessing and a burden. It’s sort of like talking in a seemingly safe, however dark alley with friends and yelling everything with a megaphone so everyone can hear (i.e. your posts).
Among the people that can hear are the hackers, who are in this situation the pickpockets and the nosy ones. Now the nosy ones can use the information against someone and the pickpockets take everything called private. By posting something in social media, one is yelling out “What’s up?!” That means that almost anyone can hear. Then the people living in this alley are the friends, real and the ones some people add to simply to increase their total number of friends, as if that number reflects their worth.
This is an analogy for how people all too commonly use social media. It’s important for every individual to think about what they post before they post it and take into serious consideration how it will not only affect themselves but others as well.
If It’s Illegal Don’t Post It
Illegal activities should never be committed, let alone posted to social media. Posting illegal activities can lead to criminal prosecution, ruin any chances of getting accepted into college, or job position. It is proof that cannot be erased and that can hurt a person’s reputation indefinitely.
Common sense tells people not to intentionally hurt other people’s feelings. Many find social media as a safe outlet to be able to make fun of others without having to deal with the consequences. However, that is not always the case. Social media is public so essentially it is accessible to anyone. Online bullying can lead to the victim developing depression, and may even cause them to hurt themselves, or others. If caught, the person that is committing the harmful actions may be subject to expulsion or even criminal prosecution. Cyberbullying can be prevented by using social media safely and responsibly.
Don’t Mess Up
Lying is never right, neither is cheating, or plagiarizing. However, many people do this over social media. Consider the following example: A student, claiming to be sick, skips a whole day of school in order to avoid a math test. The student goes to a movie and later posts about it on social media. This example shows how social media can work against a person. There is evidence of the student lying and skipping class. This would negatively affect the student’s reputation. The bottom line is that lying is not good and the truth is almost always revealed in the end.
Don’t Tell Me You…
Sometimes many people like to make empty threats. Empty threats are those with no meaning. Often times, empty threats are interpreted in the wrong way. Local authorities could be informed by making an empty threat, one is making a red flag. Then there will be chaos and nothing good will come from it. The FBI could even be involved in trying to stop whomever posted that threat and someone will have to explain what it was. As the news have said many times threats can lead to situations of fear. Also to a loss of a school day if it involves school. Even worse, it can lead to expulsion and criminal prosecution. In other words, empty threats are not good and will have a terrible outcome.
WHAT IS IT?
A neighborhood that brings out awesome holiday light displays, creating a spectacular scene, usually accompanied by Christmas tunes.
In West Allis, the neighborhood bordered by 96th Street on the west, 92nd Street on the east, Montana Avenue on the north, and Oklahoma Avenue on the south.
See a map at: http://candycanelanewi.com/directions.php
WHEN CAN I GO?
November 27th - December 27th
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY TO GET GO THROUGH IT?
WHY SHOULD I GO?
To encourage holiday cheer!
Roll on by! You will definitely be impressed! Invite family; invite friends!
With the ups and downs that comes with being a military child, one has to inquire how they are to handle it to make it a part of their normal life. Below is an interview I conducted with a Reagan student, Katie Gillingham, whose has several family members in the military.
How much of an effect does them being in the military have on you?
“It was hard. I hardly got to see them since they all were halfway across the world. And when they did come to visit, we hardly got to spend any time with them since they had other friends they all wanted to visit too.”
How long has it been since you have seen them?
“Now, after they were stationed in different states, they all live in different states across the United States. While they were all in the military, it was rare that we ever got to see them all at the same time. They all came in at random different times, and hardly stayed with us.”
Do you and your family “celebrate” when they come back home?
“Incredibly. When we would get to see them after they would come back from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, or Korea, we would have big dinners and everyone was extremely happy.”
How long have they been serving for?
“They have all served between 8-10 years.”
How often do you get to communicate with them?
“I call them fairly often, but when I was younger I didn’t really do much about that since I didn’t have any ways of my own to keep in touch.”
Are you okay with sharing any stories about your life in a military family or past stories your siblings have shared with you about being in the military?
“Sure. One story fairly prominent in my mind, is that my brother was hiding in a large tower with some other soldiers and he had to keep completely still, as a camel spider crawled up his arm and bit him.”
Are you thinking about going into the military?
“I have, I thought about going into the air force, but I'm not sure.”
I was also able to interview a former marine named Tim Carson and asked him various questions about him being in the military. Now Tim is actually my uncle and I can tell you that he isn’t married and doesn’t have any kids, but he does have his two sisters, his parents, and a new girlfriend. Being in the military also provided him many options for his future.
Questions I asked Tim and his responses:
How long were you in the service?
“I was in the service for 3 years and 9 months.”
How did you feel when you were away?
“Indifferent. I enjoyed the opportunity to experience and learn new things. At the same time, I wondered how things may have panned out if I didn't join.”
Why did you choose to go into the military? Or more formally, why did you choose to go into the marines?
“I joined the military because I wasn't sure what to do after high school and I didn't want to feel like I was stuck at the job I had forever. I wanted to open up possible opportunities. I joined the Marines because the Army never called me back. Also, the Marines are some of the best and bravest people out there.”
Where have you traveled?
Nowhere special. I went to bootcamp at MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) San Diego. Went to school in 29 Palms located in the Mojave Desert. Finally I was stationed at Camp Pendleton. I never got to leave California.”
What are the benefits of being in the military?
“Life experience is a big one. Also, free healthcare and free college.”
What changed from before you were in the military to where you now? Any special treatment?
“I suppose I'm more pessimistic now. I don't aim to bend over backwards for anyone either unless there's something in it for me. At the same time, I don't like to see other people get shafted because of it. Ultimately I look out for myself, and the people working alongside me when possible.”
How was your experience personally?
“When it was good, it was good. When it was bad, it absolutely sucked. Misery loves company though, so those bad times weren't always experienced alone. In the face of adversity you bond more with the people next to you, and form relationships. Ultimately I don't regret joining at all, and I'd do it again, though hopefully doing something different the second time around.”
Military families are all over the United States. The month of November represents a month of celebration for those serving, even though this year’s Veterans Day takes place on November 11. November 11 is the official date because in the year 1918 on that very day, it was and still is known as the the end “of wars to end all wars.”This was the day World War 1 ended. Ever since then, soldiers have been honored for their courageous efforts and service.