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the most of your senior year so that senioritis doesn’t get the best of you. First, you need to make sure you main- tain the challenging course load that you have had in your previ- ous year of school. You also need to stay ac- tively involved. This proves to colleges and other people, who may be looking at you, that you won’t slack off just because you are almost done with school. En- joy time with your friends, but maintain your studies. Learning this balance will help you throughout life. Webster’s dictionary defines senioritis as “the decreased motiva- tion toward studies dis- played by students who are nearing the end of their high school, col- lege and graduate school careers.” Like many seniors at Pali- sades High School, you may also be experienc- ing this curse that faces us when we, ourselves, are facing the looming beast that is graduation and whatever faces you after school is over. Many of us feel tired of being stuck in the same routine that we have performed for the past 12 or so years. At least that’s how I feel. I’m ready for a change, but through research, I re- alized that senioritis has consequences that can affect the rest of our lives. Some students may find themselves shocked when they re- ceive letters in the sum- mer before they head to college stating that due to their lack of effort in their final year they can no longer attend that college. While this is an extreme case, it is very easy for senioritis to take on a life of its own. In most cases the students will feel un- prepared when they head to college in the fall. Senioritis can also have negative effects when the students de- cide to transfer to an- other college. The per- son will have to com- pletely reapply to that college and their poor performance in their last year of high school may reflect badly on them. Most students feel a sense of loss when they realize that they will soon have to move on to the real world and leave their close friends and fam- ily to go to college. This tends to make kids want to focus on hav- ing fun in their last year. It is important to talk about how to make Senioritis By Jess Barron WEATHER March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb April showers bring May flowers PIRATES’ PEARL April 2010 PALISADES HIGH SCHOOL News 2 Review 3 Being a Teen 8 Editorial 12 Entertainment 14 Sports 19 Inside this issue: Volume 6, Issue 3 Editors in Chief Jess Barron and Kaitlin Metz Picture taken by J. Barron

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the most of your senior year so that senioritis doesn’t get the best of you. First, you need to make sure you main-tain the challenging course load that you have had in your previ-ous year of school. You also need to stay ac-tively involved. This proves to colleges and other people, who may be looking at you, that you won’t slack off just because you are almost done with school. En-joy time with your friends, but maintain your studies. Learning this balance will help you throughout life.

Webster’s dictionary defines senioritis as “the decreased motiva-tion toward studies dis-played by students who are nearing the end of their high school, col-lege and graduate school careers.” Like many seniors at Pali-sades High School, you may also be experienc-ing this curse that faces us when we, ourselves, are facing the looming beast that is graduation and whatever faces you after school is over. Many of us feel tired of being stuck in the same routine that we have performed for the past 12 or so years. At least that’s how I feel. I’m ready for a change, but through research, I re-alized that senioritis has consequences that can affect the rest of our lives.

Some students may find themselves shocked when they re-ceive letters in the sum-mer before they head to college stating that due

to their lack of effort in their final year they can no longer attend that college. While this is an extreme case, it is very easy for senioritis to take on a life of its own. In most cases the students will feel un-prepared when they head to college in the fall. Senioritis can also have negative effects when the students de-cide to transfer to an-other college. The per-son will have to com-pletely reapply to that college and their poor performance in their last year of high school may reflect badly on them. Most students feel a sense of loss when they realize that they will soon have to move on to the real world and leave their close friends and fam-ily to go to college. This tends to make kids want to focus on hav-ing fun in their last year.

It is important to talk about how to make

Senioritis By Jess Barron


March comes in

like a lion

and goes out

like a lamb

April showers


May flowers



News 2

Review 3

Being a Teen 8

Editorial 12

Entertainment 14

Sports 19

Inside this issue:

Volume 6, Issue 3

Editors in Chief

Jess Barron and Kaitlin Metz Picture taken by J.


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“Don’t start The Lovely Bones unless you can fin-ish it. The book begins with more horror than you could imagine, but closes with more beauty than you could hope for…Alice Sebold has done some-thing miraculous here.” – Ron Charles. This book is narrated by a girl named Susie Salmon who is up in heaven. She is looking down and watching her dad and brother. She is also watching her sister live the life she wanted to, but it was ended at the age of 14. She was murdered. Her murderer was an ex-pert. He covered up all his tracks, except for one, but it wasn’t enough to solve the murder. Susie’s dad and sister weren’t ready to give up though. Even worse, Susie’s mom left to go far away. She left to get away from all of the drama and problems that the death had caused. The

questions, not having an answer, not being able to sleep, the apologies, every-thing was just so over-whelming for her. But this didn’t stop her dad from trying to find his daugh-ter’s killer. He knew who it was. He could tell. To find out who the murderer was, what happens to their family and the people around them, you have to read the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I loved this book. I thought it was very grip-ping. The beginning comes on a little strong and if you don’t like scary, murder-type books then this one isn’t for you. The author did a very good job writing a book that is narrated by a girl in heaven. The ending to me was a little disap-pointing, but happy which was good. There wasn’t one time I was bored or wanted to put the book down when I started it.

Alice Sebold did an amaz-ing job writing this novel. The movie is also out too. I would highly suggest reading the book before seeing the movie. The film leaves out so much, and you would probably be confused. The effects were very good, though. The way the film kept going from the real world to heaven was very well done. “Savagely beauti-ful...A strange and compel-ling novel,” – Monica Wood.

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The Lovely Bones By: Karla Keler

In the beginning there was Harvard and only Har-vard. Facebook was created as a way for Mark Zucker-berg and other Harvard stu-dents to keep in touch over the Internet and get to know each other better. Facebook became so popular, in just a matter of months, that is was soon opened to other colleges. By the end of the following year it was also

In early 2004, Mark Zuckerberg gave birth to Facebook, then at At that time Mark Zuckerberg was a sophomore at Harvard Uni-versity. The name for Face-book came from the publi-cations that some colleges pass out to students at the beginning of the year to help students get to know each other better, called a Facebook.

Did You Know?

The spring

Pakistani festival of Basant is held

in the ancient eastern city of


This festival is marked by a lit-

any of kite-flying, rooftop soirees, garden parties and equestrian


Locals and tourists alike

wear glamorous clothes, in the

yellow and green of spring flowers blooming city-

wide, to bid fare-well to the frosts and fogs of win-ter and usher in



open to high schools. The year after that it was opened to the general Internet pub-lic, as long as you were 13 and older. Because Facebook is such a good way to get in touch with friends, nursing homes are encouraging their clients to get a Facebook account to keep in touch with family and friends.

Facebook History by Lauren Emery

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Most teenagers have an account on a social net-working site ranging from Twitter to Myspace to Face-book, who passed Myspace with the largest number of accounts online in April 2008. Even though most everyone has an account on Facebook, including adults, it takes a lot of heat from government and school offi-cials, but I ask what is so bad about social networking sites? Most people would say that sexual predators are the reason that social network-ing sites are given such a negative impression from

some parents and other adults. I agree with this, but anyone can reject a friend request on a social network-ing site and can also block their profile from anyone that is not their friend. A popular website used in school by teachers and students is edmodo. In real-ity Facebook is not all that different from the less popu-lar educating social net-working site. On edmodo a teacher creates a class in which the students of that class will join. From there teachers will create assign-ments on the site and then the students will hand in the

assignments electronically. Students can not accept nor send friend requests, but can create a class themselves. Facebook can be used in nearly the same way as teachers can create groups and then assign projects on the group`s wall exactly like edmodo. The only differ-ence is that students cannot turn in the assignments straight to Facebook, but instead could use emails. Now edmodo is probably the better site for education purposes, but is it really all that different from Face-book?

time. It seemed as though the waiters and waitresses were occupied with the people on the left side and they didn’t see us. However, when I was there the other 20 times, I was on the left side and we had nice, quick service. When you go there to eat, I suggest you get guacamole, which is an appetizer and comes with chips. I also rec-ommend a meal called the chimichanga. It’s a great meal with the choice of chicken or beef wrapped with a soft taco shell and then pan fried. The Mexican pizza is great too. Its not like the Mexican pizza in Taco Bell. This is a soft taco shell that

they spread with refried beans and your choice of chicken, beef or both. They put an-other soft taco shell over it and pour salsa over that and place a bit of sour cream and guacamole on it. I really sug-gest this restaurant to anyone who loves Mexican food.

Social Networking Sites: Why All the Negativity? By Wesley Herrmann

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Did You Know?

People of the Ukraine use a

specific method of egg decorating that is called pyzanska. Eggs decorations are created by the written-wax batik


The original designs were

inspired by the sun. The ancient

Ukrainians felt the sun was important as “it warmed the earth and thus was

a source of all life.” This

tradition continues today in honor of both Spring and the Christian

holiday Easter.

In Doylestown, by the Burger King and right across the street of the Sunoco gas station, there is a great Mexi-can restaurant called Poco’s. The interior design has palm trees and warm colors. On certain nights of the week, Poco’s offers entertainment such as stand up comedy. You must be 21 years of age and over to attend, but the teachers could go there for a good laugh at night. If you are there to have a nice dinner, I suggest asking for a table on the left side of the restaurant. The last time I was there, the waitress gave me a table on the right side and we had to wait a long


Poco’s Restaurant Review by Robert Cornish

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In the summer of 1988, a group of Airbus engineers began working on the devel-opment of an ultra-high-capacity airliner, to com-plete its own range of prod-ucts and to break the domi-nance that Boeing had en-joyed in this market period since the early 1970s with its 747 - often referred as the nickname "Jumbo Jet" which was among the world's most recognizable aircraft. Airbus organized four teams of designers, one from each of its EADS part-ners to propose new tech-nologies for its future air-craft designs. EADS stands for European Aeronautic Defense and Space Com-pany and is a large Euro-pean aerospace corporation. The company develops and markets civil and military aircraft, as well as commu-nications systems, space rockets, satellites, and re-lated systems. In June 1994, Airbus began developing its own very large airliner, des-ignated the A3XX. (A380)

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner and the largest passenger jet in the world. The A380's upper deck extends along the en-tire length of the fuselage. This allows for a cabin with 50% more floor space than the next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400 and pro-vides seats for 525 people in a typical three-class con-figuration or up to 853 peo-ple in all economy class configurations. The A380-800 has a design range of 15,200 km (8,200 miles),

sufficient to fly non-stop from New York to Hong Kong for example, and a cruising speed of about 900 km/h (560 m/ph) at cruising altitude. The A380 produces 50% less cabin noise than a 747 and has higher cabin air pressure.

The name A380 was chosen because the number 8 resembles the double-deck cross section, and is a lucky number in some Asian countries where the aircraft was marketed. Most of the parts of the A380 are built in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Because of their big size, they are brought to the as-sembly hall in Toulouse in France by surface transpor-tation - other parts are moved by the Beluga air-craft used in the construc-tion of other Airbus models. Airbus sized the production rate to four A380s per month.

Five A380s were built for testing and demonstra-tion purposes. Its maiden flight took place on April 27th, 2005 and flew from Toulouse International Air-port with a flight crew of six and a test pilot. After successfully landing three

hours and 54 minutes later, the pilot said flying the A380 had been “like han-dling a bicycle”. On Sep-tember 4th 2006, the first full passenger-carrying flight test took place and in November 2006, a further series of route proving flights took place to demon-strate the aircraft's perform-ance for 150 flight hours.”

Airbus announced the first delay in June 2005 and notified airlines that deliv-ery would be delayed by six months. Airbus now plans to deliver fourteen A380s in 2009. The first aircraft de-livered was handed over to Singapore Airlines on Octo-ber 15th 2007 and entered into service on October 25th 2007 with its first flight between Singapore and Syd-ney. Passengers bought seats paying between $560 and $100,380. Two months later Singapore Airlines said that the A380 was perform-ing better than anticipated, burning 20% less fuel per passenger than the airline's existing 747-400 fleet.

Emirates was the sec-ond airline to take delivery of the A380 on 28 July 2008 and started flying on August 2008. Qantas followed on September 2008, starting flights in October 2008. Air France was the fourth air-line to receive an A380 and will now start service on the Paris CDG Airport to New York JFK (John F. Kennedy Airport) route. By the end of 2008, 890,000 passengers had flown on 2,200 A380 flights totaling 21,000

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Airbus By: Birte Schnier

Did You Know?

During the Easter season, the people of

Portugal celebrate with sweet bread that they call

Folar da Pascoa. The

bread is served at

Easter morning

breakfast and as dessert after the

holiday dinner. This bread is baked with special care

and is an important part of their cultural

practices during Easter



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Overall 200 A380 are ordered by 15 Airlines or leasing companies and 20 airplanes are in airline service until November 2009. Germany´s national carrier Lufthansa has 15 jets on order and will get the first airline in spring 2009. James Wallace, a re-porter publishes his Aero-space Notebook: (Flight SQ380 between Singa-pore and Sydney with Singapore Airlines) “The biggest passenger jet ever built impressed its first paying passen-gers. Even economy-class passengers had good things to say about their seats on the upper and lower decks. The jet has 471 passenger seats, not including those for crew.” “We like the design of this cabin. It's not too big and has a more intimate feeling," said a passenger, who was in one of the economy seats on the upper deck. That view was echoed by a number

of economy passengers on both decks. 

Singapore Air-lines has configured the upper-deck economy cabin with 88 seats in a two-four-two configura-tion. It is behind the busi-ness cabin and extends to the spiral stairs leading to the main deck. On the main or lower deck, there are 311 economy seats,

but they are broken up into three smaller cabins, eliminating the feeling of flying in a cattle car. Economy seating on the main deck is a three-four-three configuration.

“There is more room for my legs than I thought

I would have and it's very well-designed. The seat in front of me is not right on my knees," claimed Wallace. “Each economy seat also has a

mirror, electrical power and a USB computer

port, as well as a footrest and reading light. The seat backs are high, and you can't see the heads of passengers to the front when you are seated. Even when standing, you can't see most heads. Sev-eral passengers in busi-ness class said they liked that look, which made the cabin feel more empty

and private. Up front, on the main deck, are the 12 first-class suites that have gotten most of the attention. Each of those pumpkin-colored leather bed-room suites has slid-ing doors and roller

blinds that provide nearly total privacy. There is a coat closet,

leather chair, a built-in bed and a 23-inch LCD entertainment screen. Two suites can be joined, creating a double bed.”

Perhaps one day we will all get to experience the luxury and commodi-ousness of the “Airbus.”

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Did You Know?

May Day (May, 1st) is in many countries

a holiday for International

Workers’, Labor Day, and a day of

political demonstrations.

Originally a pre-Christian holiday for all Germanic countries, it later became a symbol

for socialism, then a Christian Holyday, then again a spring

celebration, and today, a variation of all of these together.

In Germany it was first a legal holiday under Hitler in 1933,

to celebrate the “great work of a

great nation,” where people would get punished if they worked. Later, after

WWII, it was accepted by the

Allies as a day to demonstrate against concurrent politics

and a rest from work. It is an

official holiday in more then 130

countries .


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Eating disorders have become more and more com-mon in our world. It is esti-mated that 0.5-3.7% of people will suffer from an eating dis-order at some point in their lives. About 95% of them are women and 90% are young women and adolescents. Ap-proximately one out of every one hundred girls has an eat-ing disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Asso-ciated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within ten years after getting the disease; 18-20% of ano-rexics will be dead after twenty years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is twelve times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females fifth teen to twenty-four years old. Twenty per-cent of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, includ-ing suicide and heart prob-lems.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and also a psy-chological disorder, anorexics don’t know that they have an eating disorder. Anorexia goes beyond out-of-control dieting. A person with anorexia will start off dieting to lose weight.

To lose weight is a sign of mastery and control over one’s body. Eventually the drive to be thinner is secon-dary to concerns about con-trols and fears relating to one’s body. Then the endless cycle of restrictive eating, often with other behaviors such as excessive exercising and overuse of diet pills and laxatives, continues. This of-

ten continues to the point close to starvation in order to feel a sense of control over their body.

Over time it becomes an obsession. To them, they never become thin enough to be perfect. Anorexia is be-coming more and more com-mon in our society. Anorexics are also starting to make pro-anorexia websites, giving peo-ple tips to help them hid their anorexia, how to avoid food and to help them lose weight. If you think that someone has anorexia, look for some of these symptoms: • They are seriously under-

weight. Anorexics try to hide their thinness by wearing long sleeve clothes and layers.

• They never eat when they are around other people.

• They are irritable, easily upset, depressed and have trouble interacting with others.

• They seem to be obsessed with food. They collect recipes, cut their food in little pieces, prepare food for others and eat none of it, or hoard food.

• They seem to strive to be perfect at everything. They usually do very well in school and often over-extend themselves in other activities. The fami-lies of anorexics often seem to be “perfect.”

• They have other out-of-control behaviors. Many have, or have had addic-tions to alcohol, drugs, or gambling. In particular anorexics often exercise compulsively to speed up the weight-loss process.

• Those who are models or who are pressured to be perfect are more at risk.

Unlike anorexics, bulimics will often not lose a lot of weight and they will usually have a normal body weight. Bulimia will usually begin with strict dieting. The more rigid and restrictive the diet plan, the more preoccupied they become with food. They obsess over what, when, and how much they eat, what they shouldn’t and how to avoid eating. As the compulsion to eat becomes too much, a “forbidden” food is eaten and a dietary rule is broken. To bulimics it’s all-or-nothing and a slip up is total failure. To them, they’ve already blown it so they might as well eat all they want and enjoy an all-out binge. During a typical binge, a bulimic will consume between 3,000 and 5,000 calo-ries in an hour. A bulimic will binge from twice a week to multiple times a day. Once they’ve binged they begin to feel guilty. To regain control of themselves and make up for the excess calories con-sumed, most bulimics will purge to make up for their bingeing. Some will also fast, go on crash diets, or do exces-sive exercising. While purging is meant to counteract binge eating, it ends up reinforcing it. It makes it harder to say no when they think they can avoid the consequences, by purging. When they go back on their diet they think “that was the last time.” However, in the back of their minds they know that they can always throw up, fast or go on a ten mile run. What most bulimic’s don’t know, is that purging only gets rid 50% or less of the calories consumed.

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Striving To Be Perfect: By Kaitlin Metz

“It is


that 0.5-

3.7% of

people will

suffer from

an eating

disorder at

some point

in their



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If you believe that someone has bulimia here are some signs and symptoms: • They want to eat in pri-

vacy- go to the kitchen after everyone else.

• They eat large amounts of food with no weight change.

• There is a disappearance of food in the kitchen.

• They alternate between overeating and fasting.

• They go to the bathroom after meals- water is used to disguise the sound of vomiting.

• They use laxatives, diuret-ics, or enemas after eating. They may also take diet pills or use a sauna to “sweat out” water weight

• They excessively exercise- work-out strenuously, es-pecially after eating.

• They have calluses or scars on the knuckles or hands from sticking fingers down the throat to induce vomit-ing.

• They have puffy “chipmunk” cheeks from repeated vomiting

• They say they are just diet-ing, deny having a prob-lem.

• They have had major life changing events. Bingeing and purging may be a mis-guided attempt to cope with stress.

• They have had a family member with an eating disorder. It is believed that eating disorders run in families, indicating a ge-netic component.

• They have low self-esteem. Anorexia and bulimia

are not the only eating dis-orders. There is also binge-eating disorder, anorexia athletica, over eating, over exercising, night eating, orthorexia and EDNOS -

Eating Disorders Not Oth-erwise Specified.

If you know anyone with any of the eating dis-orders, do your part and help them to get help. Take them to a doctor to help them before they really hurt themselves.

Everywhere there is an advertisement with a skinny model for makeup or other beauty products. Everywhere there is some sign of how to make your-self look better and get attention from your peers. People are taught that to get attention you have to look a certain way and you have to be skinny and beautiful. What most peo-ple don’t know is that eve-rybody is special. It does-n’t matter what size you are or if you have the right clothes and makeup. What matters is who you are and that someone likes you for you. Who wants a friend that just wants to be near you just to make them-selves look good or just to get attention? The people with eating disorders be-lieve that they have to be skinny to make themselves look good and to feel in control. It is because of the media, the pressure from our peers and just the way our world is, that the num-ber of people with eating disorders has risen in the last couple decades. If our world can stop saying that we need to look a certain way, then the number of people with eating disor-ders will drop.

On by Suzanne Barston, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., there is a story about a girl with bulimia. Amy’s Story

Once again, Amy is on a liquid diet. “I’m going to stick with it,” she tells her-self. “I won’t give in to the cravings this time.” But as the day goes on, Amy’s will-power weakens. All she can think about is food. Finally, she decides to give into the urge to binge. She can’t con-trol herself any longer, and at this point, she doesn’t want to. So she grabs a pint of ice cream out of the freezer, in-haling it within a matter of minutes. Then it’s on to whatever she can find in the kitchen: a box of granola bars, microwave popcorn, cereal and milk, leftovers from the fridge. After 45 minutes of bingeing, Amy is so stuffed that her stomach feels like it’s going to burst. She’s disgusted with herself and terrified by the thousands of calories she’s consumed. She runs to the bathroom to throw up. Afterwards, she steps on the scale to make sure she hasn’t gained any weight. She vows to start her diet again tomorrow. Tomor-row, it will be different.

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“I’m going

to stick

with it,”

she tells

herself. I

won’t give

in to the


this time.”


Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso

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Did you know that in America each year about 500,000 young adults, ages 15 to 25, attempt suicide, 5,000 of which succeed. In recent years suicide has become the third leading cause of death among that age group. Most every sin-gle person in that group suffers from depression or a depression related disorder.

Depression is a men-tal state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a de-spondent lack of activ-ity, which basically means that a person con-stantly feels sad or like they are not good enough. This can be ex-tremely dangerous and lead to many scary con-sequences.

One of the main causes of depression is what psychologists de-scribe as unresolved grief. This can stem from a number of things such as death of a loved one, loss of an important relationship, loss of hopes and dreams and most commonly depres-sion can be the result of a traumatic event. The main cause of depres-sion is emotional de-tachment, which is more

of a natural thing for a person to go through. It comes from the fears or inability to form healthy relationships. They tend to feel inadequate and this often makes depres-sion much worse. Other factors that put teens at risk include traumatic events or changes in one’s life, difficulty coping with anger, prob-lems in school, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, weight gain, diffi-culty sleeping and vari-ous addictions or an in-terest in violence or growing fear of vio-lence.

Symptoms of depres-sion include feeling sad, or crying a lot that does-n’t go away, or feeling guilty for no reason. Life seems meaningless or like nothing good will ever happen again. The teen may have a nega-tive attitude a lot of the time or sometimes seems like they have no feelings at all. The teen will often separate them-selves from friends and family and won’t do the things they used to love to do. The teen has trou-ble making up their mind or concentrating. Sleep patterns, or eating habits change. The teen

will feel restless and tired most of the time or they will get irritated very quickly, often los-ing their temper over little unimportant things. However, the biggest warning signs are thinking about death, feeling like you’re dying or having thoughts of committing suicide.

The biggest thing people need to know about depressed you need to TALK TO SOMEONE! On the next page you will find several resources if you need them. It is impor-tant that you do talk to someone because you never know when it will be too late and there is a lot of help out there for people who suffer from depression. Remember that having depression does NOT make a per-son weak or a failure because it is not their fault. It does, however, mean they need treat-ment before they hurt themselves or anyone else. With help people who suffer from depres-sion can lead fulfilling lives and end up being truly happy!

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Teen Depression: What You May Not Have Known By: Jess Barron

“Each year about

500,000 young adults,

ages 15 to 25,

attempt suicide, 5,000 of which



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.Warning Signs of Depression:

• difficulty concentrat-ing, remembering de-tails, and making deci-sions

• fatigue and decreased energy

• feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

• feelings of hopeless-ness and/or pessimism

• insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or exessive sleeping

• irritability, restlessness • loss of interest in ac-

tivities or hobbies once pleasurable

• overeating or appetite loss

• persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treat-ment

• persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings

• thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Warning Signs of


• a sudden switch from being very sad to be-ing very calm or ap-pearing to be happy

• always talking or thinking about death

• clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleep-ing and eating) that gets worse

• having a "death wish," tempting fate by tak-ing risks that could lead to death, like driving through red lights

• losing interest in things one used to care about

• making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

• putting affairs in or-der, tying up loose ends, changing a will

• saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"

• talking about suicide (killing one's self)

visiting or calling people one cares about

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“Anybody who

expresses suicidal thoughts

or intentions should be taken very,

very seriously.”


Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very, very seriously. Do not hesitate to

call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) -- or the deaf hotline at 1-800-4889.

Or go to

Local Hotlines:

Bucks County:

Lower Bucks: (215) 335-600 or (215) 547-1889

Central Bucks: (215) 340-1998

Upper Bucks: (215) 536-0911

Call 24/7

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No matter what school you go to in America, the students will always “diss” the cafeteria food. And that’s not without reason; it’s notoriously nasty in many schools. Sure, it’s not nearly as bad as the slop they show you on TV, you know, the blob of greenish-brown goo they plop onto your tray (plate optional) but it isn’t five-star ei-ther. It can be under-cooked and burnt at the same time (how they do that is magical) and it does have some odd… flavors sometimes.

I know that our cafete-ria staff don’t actually make the food; they buy it, it gets shipped to them, and they pop it in the oven. So really, you can’t blame them. It’s like blaming your coach when the non-refundable uniforms you ordered are nothing like the ones in the catalog. They didn’t know, and now that they got it, they can’t send it back. Same thing with the food. Our staff, buy these little samples and then hand them out when you buy lunch. If the general opinion is good, we’ll get a whole bunch, and if we don’t like it, then it’s our fault. Like fish sticks. I don’t think that anyone liked those, and eventu-ally, I noticed that they

stopped serving them. (yay!)

At Palisades, we get some pretty yummy food choices too. We have chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, curly fries, regu-lar fries, stuffed shells, cheese steak, and we even have a hoagie-your-way on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Not many schools offer that. And the cookies. Oh my gosh. They are so yummy, you know, if they’re not over cooked. My favorite is the sprinkle cookie. Then it’s more cookie with less interfering flavors. Sure, some food here is deli-ciously delicious, but oth-ers… not so much. But are we getting a good deal?

Ah, but now we get into the nitty gritty. The hard news that we all dread. The price of our lunch. One paragraph ago, I was saying how awesome the chicken nuggets and chicken sticks were. Sure, they’re deli-cious, but honestly, we only get five chicken nuggets, and, if you’re lucky, six. As Ian Griffith says, “I don’t think I’ve ever been full after eating a school lunch…” And we get five isty bitsy chicken nuggets for three dollars?! I’m

sorry. I know the econ-omy isn’t so hot, and I know that gas prices aren’t exactly low, but three dollars for that lunch? No wonder so many of us have been packing lunch. Sure, I may be doing it to save money for a laptop, but others are doing it just to save money. I’ve done some math, and assum-ing that we really do only have 180 days in a school year (ha), and you buy a straight lunch with no extras, you will spend $540. If you get break-fast, at say $1.75, every morning, you’ll spend $3.15 daily. That’s a whopping $855 total per school year. Imagine if you packed and ate breakfast at home every day for four years? That’s $3,420. (And I told my math teacher that as a journalist, I would never have to do math.)

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In The Cafeteria by Anneli Jennings

Did you Know?

March 8th is Russia’s day to celebrate the

spring, but also to honor their women.

After the October

Bolshevik Revolution

in 1917 everyone had

the same rights.

In Russia it is a tradition that

every man gives flowers to his mother,

wife, girlfriend, daughter, cousin…

because it starts to get warm, and

they all welcome the



Picture taken by J. Barron

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The drive to start leading a healthy lifestyle has been increasing more than ever recently. In 1997, retail sales of organic foods were $3.6 billion. In 2008, they shot up to $21.1 billion. The single factor said to have influenced the consumer to switch to organic food prod-ucts was his or her educa-tion. But, does switching to organic food products nec-essarily mean that an indi-vidual is eating "healthier?"

What exactly are "healthy foods?" Are they foods that contain fewer chemicals? Are they foods that contain fewer calories, fats, and sodium? The defi-nition of healthy, regarding food, is really the individ-ual's goal or opinion. How-ever, the different opinions on “healthy foods” need to be understood. A lot of people are drawn to organic food prod-ucts because they are natu-rally-grown. Some consider naturally-grown food prod-ucts to be healthier than inorganic food products. But, what exactly does it mean to be naturally-grown? To quickly brief the readers, the main difference between organic and inor-ganic food products is the farming method, Conven-tional Farming versus Or-ganic Farming. Conven-

tional Farming consists of chemical fertilizers to pro-mote plant growth, insecti-cides to reduce pests and disease, chemical herbicides to manage weeds, and vari-ous antibiotics given to ani-mals to prevent disease and spur growth. On the other hands, Organic Farming consists of natural fertilizers to feed soil and plants, beneficial insects and birds to reduce pests and disease, crop rotation to manage weeds, and organic foods are given to animals to pre-vent disease and spur growth. Organic Farming appears to be the "best" so-lution for growing food products. Consequently, it is very tedious, which is why Conventional Farming is mostly used. So, which types of food products are "better" for the consumer? It all goes back to the individual's opinion on the definition of healthy. If healthy defines containing the least amount of chemi-cals used in processing the food product, organic foods win. It should be noted, however, that most experts agree that the health risk for consuming inorganic foods due to pesticide residue is minimal. On the contrary, if healthy defines containing the least amount of calories,

fats, and sodium, there really is no clear winner. It is a myth that Organic Farming produces more nutritional food products than Conventional Farming. A lot of people misunder-stand that organic food products and inorganic food products can be equally healthy and unequally healthy. So, are organic foods healthier for you than inor-ganic foods? I cannot an-swer that, for it all depends upon the consumer's defini-tion of healthy. Sources:

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Did you know?

Holi, also known as the Festival of

Colors is celebrated at the end of the winter

season, bringing in the spring season

in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This

celebration is said to have been

around several centuries before

Christ. On the Eve of Holi, there is a bonfire called the

Holika Dahan.

The next day is the main celebration of

Holi. People wearing

white dance and sing

in the streets while squirting and

pouring buckets of colored water on each other and covering one another with

brightly colored powder.

Differences are ignored and

strangers can throw water

balloons at each other and smile.


The Definition of Healthy  by Lindsey Patience 

Picture taken from Google images

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It is not surprising that in the three months that we’ve been living in 2010, a lot has happened in the world of entertainment. Between movies, music and televi-sion, there hasn’t been a dull moment for all of us entertainment junkies, which is basically everyone these days. I mean, who doesn’t just love Avatar, American Idol and Taylor Swift?!

Movies Speaking of Avatar, it debuted in December 2009 and is still going strong. It is already the highest gross-ing movie of all time, and it’s only been out for about three months. So far, this monster success has made about 1.6 billion dollars worldwide! Director James Cameron has broken all of the records he held for the movie Titanic, with Avatar. The movie uses some ad-vanced animation technol-ogy to create the blue “avatars” we see, and it is available for viewing in 3D and IMAX theaters. Another movie that is mak-ing waves is Dear John, starring Channing Tatum as John and Amanda Seyfried as his girlfriend, Savannah. The tear-jerker film is based on the book by best-selling author Nicho-las Sparks. Sparks also wrote

The Notebook, which was made into a movie as well, and many say it’s arguably the best love story of all time. Dear John is bringing in huge audiences, with 80% of them being teens, and 60% of that 80% being teen girls. The movie made about $50 million dollars only in its first two weeks. And people are surely in love with Valentine’s Day, which debuted on February 12, just in time for the holi-day. The movie boasts a star-studded cast with about a dozen A-listers, including Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Patrick Dempsey and more! This is where you can see Taylor Swift make her movie debut, in her cameo alongside Taylor Lautner. The two, who dated briefly, were dubbed “Tay Squared” by fans, and are a must see in this film. Michael Jackson’s This Is It came out on DVD and BluRay on January 26th, and it has been a hit. Since de-buting in theaters in October of 2009, the documentary, which showed an up-close and personal look at the King of Pop while preparing for his comeback tour, has pleased many fans. After Jackson’s sudden death on June 25, 2009, the decision was made to make a movie out of his rehearsal footage since he was never able to start his tour. This put many fans at peace knowing how much of him-self he had put into the shows. The DVD release

has sold millions of copies worldwide and has given people a memory of the music genius that will be forever loved.

Television Enough about the big screen, what about the small screen? Well, American Idol returned with its ninth season on January 12, minus Paula Abdul. Instead, ce-lebrity guest judges such as Joe Jonas and Katy Perry sat beside Kara, Randy and Simon during the seven city audition tour. Once Holly-wood week began, the new and permanent replacement for Paula made her debut. And she is, of course, Ellen DeGeneres, who announced

that she would be joining TV’s most watched show in September 2009. However, the search for the next re-placement judge is on, be-cause Simon Cowell has announced that this is his last season on Idol. Many believe that this might be the last successful season of Idol, period; simply because without Simon, the show would not be the same. Could this be true? We will surely see, but for now, let’s focus on season nine. There is a very promising crop of new talent in the Top 24; will American Idol find their next megastar in the turn of the decade? Watch and find out….

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2010 Makes A Bang In The Entertainment World! By: Jessica Krauss

“Director James

Cameron has

broken all of the

records he held for the movie Titanic,

with Avatar.”


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In other reality show news, ABC’s The Bachelor is on its 14th season, with Texan pilot, Jake, as the lucky guy. After having his heart broken by Jillian on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, Jake took matters into his own hands. With more drama than ever, including the “Rozlyn Scan-

dal” and Ali having to choose between Jake and her job, ultimately choosing to stay a career-woman, there hasn’t been a dull mo-ment. The season finale on March 1st had Jake choosing between Vienna, the boldest girl when it came to love and the one disliked by the others girls from day one, and Tenley, who is the equivalent of a Disney prin-cess and had her heart bro-ken in a previous marriage. As the commercial on ABC for the finale said, “Will Jake choose sugar (Tenley) or spice (Vienna)?” Well he obviously needed some spice in his life, because the lucky girl turned out to be Vienna, who Jake proposed to in the gorgeous island of St. Lucia. Now we have to get ready for the next season of The Bachelorette, which will begin in May. Ali, the girl who left Jake for her job, will be stepping in as the new star of The Bach-elorette. We’ll have to see how that goes….

TV’s original reality competition, Survivor, re-turned for its 20th season on

CBS, February 11th. Now in its tenth year running, this season is called Survi-vor: Heroes vs. Villains. It took twenty Survivor con-testants from past seasons; ten of the biggest heroes, and ten of the most notori-ous villains, to compete in the toughest season yet. The Villains, who wear red, are mostly dominating so far in challenges, with Bos-ton Rob, Jerri and Russell among the most famous of the tribe. Although they’re physically strong, their camp life and team building skills are not too sharp. As for the Heroes, who wear blue, maybe they’re being a little too nice, because the Villains are beating them up in challenges. However, they have a group of very strong players who, unlike the Villains, create a posi-tive, team-like atmosphere. I wonder why that is? Rupert, Colby and Cirie are just a few of the Heroes who know the importance of a high morale. Between forming alliances, compet-ing in challenges and sur-viving the natural elements, the Survivors have their work cut out for them. Who will overcome it all and become the Sole Survivor? Watch and find out… And of course, there was MTVs smash hit, Jersey Shore, need I even say more…? I don’t think so.

Music We’ve heard all about the movies and TV shows of 2010, but it’s time to move onto my personal favorite of the trio: music. There’s been some monumental work released in the music world so far this year, and

it’s had the entire nation dancing. Some new faces are lighting up the charts, such


Ke$ha, who’s first single, Tik Tok, was huge, to say the least. Tik Tok has been certified the longest running #1 single from a female artist since 1977. Justin Bieber seems to be getting more popular by the week, with songs like One Time, One Less Lonely Girl and Baby. Jay Sean and Jason DeRulo are new in 2010 and they’re hitting it big, both with Top 10 singles such as Down and Whatcha Say. It’s not only new artists that are making waves, but some familiar faces too. The Black Eyed Peas are back and bigger than ever. Between Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, Meet Me Halfway and Imma Be, the group has been on top of the charts for months. They won an award in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for The E.N.D. at the 2010 Grammys. Also, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have collaborated to create the smash hit, Telephone, which is absolutely genius. Who doesn’t love Gaga and Be-yonce, and especially to-gether?

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“It took twenty Survivor

contestants from past

seasons; ten of the

biggest heroes, and

ten of the most

notorious villains,

to compete in the

toughest season yet.”


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Album releases in 2010 have been hugely success-ful, most notably, Lady An-tebellum’s sophomore al-bum, Need You Now. The album has sold close to 2.5 million copies since its re-lease on January 26th and debuted at #1 on the Bill-board 200 charts. The debut single off the album, which also happens to be the al-bum title, Need You Now, has been beyond successful. It hit #1 on the country charts and in the Top Ten of the all genre charts. The country song is even being played on the mainstream radio stations nationwide, which isn’t very common. Aside from Taylor Swift, and occasionally Carrie Underwood and Keith Ur-ban, country music isn’t usually played on Top 40 stations, so that is a success in itself. Another album that is doing very well is the Hope for Haiti Now album. All the money that it’s rak-ing in is being used for a very good cause: Haiti relief efforts. With artists such as Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Madonna and more on the record, it is filled with hopeful, uplifting songs. The album took the #1 spot on iTunes after its release for about two weeks in a row. And last, but certainly not least in the music cate-gory, is the annual Grammy Awards. Music’s biggest night was watched by 19 million people on January 31, 2010. The 53rd Gram-mys were incredible, with performances that were

talked about for weeks af-terward. Some of the night’s biggest perform-ances include the show’s opening act, a duet between Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John. Beyonce left people amazed with her powerful performance of If I Were a Boy, and Taylor Swift per-formed Today Was a Fairy-tale (off the Valentine’s Day Soundtrack) and You Belong

with Me with her lifelong hero, Stevie Nicks. The Michael

Jackson tribute was beauti-fully done, featuring some of music’s most respected and classiest artists: Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Usher. Their inspirational performance of Jackson’s Earth Song, with Michael himself singing along through audio, was a fitting tribute for a music king. Michael’s children made their first public ap-pearance since their father’s memorial service on July 7, 2009. The two oldest chil-dren, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson took the stage to accept their father’s Life-time Achievement Award after the tribute. There was-n’t a dry eye in the house as the kids spoke maturely to the audience during the ac-ceptance speech. But per-haps the most talked about performance was Pink’s Glitter in the Air. She per-formed while spinning through the air in a Cirque du Soleil-type performance and finished by being

dunked upside down and coming up dripping with water. She even managed to end gracefully standing on her feet. But the per-formances weren’t every-thing. It’s safe to say that the 2010 Grammys had the ladies coming out on top. The two winners that took most of the spotlight were most definitely Beyonce and Taylor Swift. Both on the wings of an insanely successful 2009, they won the most awards with Be-yonce nabbing up six and Taylor taking home four awards. In fact, Beyonce set a record, becoming the first female to win the most awards in one night. And Taylor had never won a Grammy before this year, and ended up getting four in only one show, which is very impressive. The Grammys were surely a success! 2010 has been spectacu-lar in the world of movies, TV and music so far, and we can only expect more to come until December 31st of this year. Who knows what will happen in the next nine months, but we are guaranteed to always stay entertained! Sources:

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“Another album that

is doing very well

is the Hope for Haiti

Now album. All the money

that it’s raking in is being

used for a very good

cause: Haiti relief



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Hollywood makes mov-ies based on comics, books, TV shows, and even exist-ing movies, but ever since Hollywood was born they have produced movies that are based on a true stories. I found unbelievable stories and I picked the six most fascinating stories to list here. 6. The Straight Story An old man wants to reconcile with his dying brother, who lives on the other side of the United States. The old man is not able to drive a car ,so he went 256 miles on a mow-ing machine. It took him six weeks to see his brother.David Lynch, the director, tells the story with-out the usual action and mystery, but it is a cute

movie and a crazy story.

5. W. This movie is about George W. Bush. It is easy to believe that it is true, because people are already aware of the story being true, but aren’t stories of presidents always kind of unbelievable and so dra-matic? 4. Catch Me If You Can This movie is about Fran William Abagnale Jr. and his exciting and unusual life

story. He worked as a pilot, physician, and lawyer with-out ever studying it. Since he was 16, he worked as masquerader, who was al-ways followed by the FBI Agent s, who took a long time to finally catch him. The FBI then hired Frank to work for them. A few months ago a new TV series called White Collar, which is also based on Frank Abagnales story, but drasti-cally altered. However, the agent and Mr. Abagnale are friends in all three: the movie, the show, and real life. 3. The Men Who Stare at Goats Bob Wilton, a journalist of a small town, encounters a man with an unbelievable story. He meets a guy named Lyn Cassady who claimed to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s new Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. Cassady told Wilton that they learned how to walk through walls, read thoughts, and kill goats through the power of their mind. It is based on a book by Jon Ronson. 2. Terminal The movie is about Vik-tor Navorski, who comes to

the USA from a made up country. The U. S. officials. do not let him into the United States, because of a civil war in his country. The movie is loosely based on the story of the Iranian Me-hran Karim Nesseri, who stayed at the airport in Paris from 1988 to 2006 because they didn’t let him into France. There had been a protest against Iran and he could not go back to Iran, because he had problems with the Iranian govern-ment. 1. Taking Woodstock Compared to the movies above, this one is not as absurd. The movie is based on the story of Elliot Tiber, who organized Woodstock out of a spontaneous idea. As many know, Woodstock is one of the greatest hippie festivals ever held and it became the greatest hippie movement of all time. Tiber was not even aware of what he had created. Out of nothing he had put together a “party” that wrote history.

True Stories By Jana Schweyer

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“He tells him that

they learn how to walk

through walls, read thoughts, and kill

goats through

the power of their mind.”


All Pictures taken from Google images

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August 22nd, 2009. After leaving my parents and my brother, I met another girl at the airport in Frankfurt. She was crying after saying good-bye to her family. We went through the security together and she told me that she was going to stay in Oregon for six months. We had never seen each other before but I’m pretty sure, that we had similar feelings. When we arrived at her gate we said good-bye, exchanged names and telephone numbers and wished us good luck for our “little adventure.”

On my nine hour flight to Newark, I had enough time to think about my situation. I had a weird feeling and I was very excited because I never met my host-family before. Standing in line for “immigration” and the “passport control,” I saw Ger-man families starting their holidays together and chil-dren holding their parent’s hands, exhausted after a long flight. All the other times I went to America, my family was always with me and I knew that now was the time to take care of myself.

After picking up my lug-gage I finally met my host parents, Erin, and Joe, and-sisters, Maria (4) and Genny (2). Because of the six hours time difference, I was tired and I just wanted to sleep. I woke up at 4 am, totally awake, and I started writing a diary to never forget my ex-periences and feelings.

August 24th, 2009. The first time I visited Palisades High School. Only two days after I arrived in Pennsyl-vania, my host-family took

me to Mrs. Losinno to set up my schedule for the first se-mester. As I entered the school, I still couldn’t believe that this was my school for the next six months. A posi-tive change was having only five subjects instead of 12 or 13. After deciding to take biology, journalism, gym, French and Spanish, Mrs. Losinno told me about an-other exchange student in our school. “Her name is Jana, she is a senior and she comes from Germany too.” I was really excited and I couldn’t wait to meet her. Sometimes you have to travel a long way to meet somebody who really lives close to you.

After spending a week and meeting other family mem-bers I really got to know my “new” family. By going out shopping and visiting friends at a pool-party I felt very comfortable and I wasn’t homesick at all. I bought my folders for school and I was really excited the night before my first day of school. The next morning my school bus picked me up and I saw the school for the first time with students and teachers.

High school was just the way I imagined it to be: a big cafeteria, students running around in the hallway, yellow school buses, homecoming, spirit week, school colors and competitions, a marching band and a big variety of sports. After two days I set-tled in at Palisades High School. Thanks to Monica I enjoyed biology class; gym class was always fun with Bree and I liked writing arti-cles for journalism, a class that doesn’t exist in Germany. French was always fun be-

cause of Andrew and Luke, but my favorite class was Spanish. I feel like I learned the most in this class and it will be very helpful in Ger-many because I might in-clude Spanish in my final school leaving examinations (German Abitur). My class in Germany has Spanish only once a week, I will be far ahead of my class, which is a big advantage, since I have to catch up on all the work that they did the last six months in other subjects.

I visited a football game in September with Pavane and Meghan and I enjoyed seeing the Palisades football team play. Even though they lost that night, it was exciting for me because I never saw a football game before (football is not popular in Germany!) and I liked the atmosphere with how the students and the marching band cheered for their school. I like the “American School Spirit,” something we don’t have in Germany be-cause sports, music bands and other fun activities are private.

Julia and Kirby gave me a “Palisades” shirt and sweat pants and every time I wear it, I will think about my nice time here in Pennsylvania. Now, it is January 2010, end of the first semester and time for me to go back home to Germany. As I look back on my time with my host-family, my new friends and the days in school I don’t regret spending six months far away from my real family.

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Looking Back by Birte Schnier

“High School was just the

way I imagined it to

be: a big cafeteria, students running

around in the hallway,

yellow school buses,

homecomingspirit week,

school colors and

competitions, a marching band and a

big variety of sports.”


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Monday, March 8 marked the first day of prac-tice for all spring sports. The coaches and athletes of Palisades’ track and field, boys’ tennis, girls’ soccer, baseball and softball team were ready to get the ball rolling. In person interviews were difficult, since not all coaches are teachers. E-mail proved to have its advan-tages for getting in touch. All of the coaches have told me their thoughts on the 2010 season.

Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field

Head Coach: Scott Antoni; 6th year coaching

Last season recap: Boy’s record: 6-5, Girl’s record: 8-3

Key players lost: The boy’s team lost a lot of seniors last year, while the girls lost some very impor-tant leaders for the team.

People to watch: For the boys, some athletes to watch are James Stanell, Dan Vaughn, and Adam Hardy, all seniors. For the girl’s team seniors Cassie Neville, Tasia Adams, Cassie Hamrick, Heather Brown and junior Laura Keller are all people to keep an eye on.

2010 season- Coach Antoni feels that both the girls and boys could have a great season. The girls should be one of the top teams in the league this season. They face their toughest opponents first,

which should be a pretty good indication of how they will do during the rest of the season. The boy’s team is young, but they have the potential to have a great season as well.

Boys’ Tennis

Head Coach: Jerry Fritz; 3rd year as head coach

Last season recap: The boys had a great season last year. They had their best record in many years.

Key players lost: Chris Marks

People to watch: Senior Clayton Fritz and juniors Andrew Hollenbach and Chris Schad are all ath-letes to watch in the upcom-ing season.

2010 season- Coach Fritz is “hopeful to improve our record further,” and feels that there is a lot of talent in the team this season.

Girls’ Soccer

Head Coach: Mark Chilton; 11th year as coach, 6th year as head coach

Last Season Recap: Last year’s team won the southern division and made it to the first round of the state tournament.

Key Players Lost: The lady pirates lost 9 im-portant players from last year. Starters including Laura Roney, Marta Lynch, Sarah Holcomb, and Megan Stevens, who all received

some sort of league honor. People to Watch: Last year’s leading scorer, Elissa Berdini, a sophomore this year, has a lot of poten-tial to do well this season. Julia Knable, also a sopho-more, anchored the team’s defense last year and should have a good season again this year.

2010 season: This year’s girls’ soccer team has a lot of talent, but are fairly inexperienced after losing so many starters last year. Coach Chilton says, “Our success will de-pend on how well the team plays together and how suc-cessful we are at filling key positions.”


Head Coach: Barry Serfass; 17th year as a coach, 5th year as head coach

Last Season Recap: Last year’s record was 8-10 in the league and 8-12 over-all.

Key Players Lost: Sean Hoferica, Drew Lingle, Wade Slotter, Sam Emerson, Tyler Hoeksema, Jake Kramer, and John Ga-rey.

People to Watch: Seniors Garry Greim, Kyle Chambers and Vince De-siato, as well as juniors Sky-lar Carr, Logan Boone, and Joe Campbell all have the potential to have a great season.

(See SPORTS- Continued on page 18)

Spring Sports Preview By Taylor Brittain

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Coach Chilton says, “Our success will depend on how well the team plays together and how successful we are at filling key positions.”


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You can view these paint-ings in Palisades’s own gallery beginning May 5th, when Palisades hosts the Artist Reception at 6:30. Come out and see the paint-ings shown here, as well as many others, in color on May 5th!

On March 7, 2010 Palisades High School art students along with art students from Southern Lehigh High School presented their art in a show titled Abstractions at the Allentown Art Museum.

The students from both high schools created paintings inspired by the works of Arshile Gorky and Georgio de Chirico, commonly referred to as abstract expressionism.

Abstract expressionism is an American post World War II movement with emphasis on spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation. Ironically, despite the focus on spontaneity, the pieces often require very careful planning as is evidenced by the students’ own paintings.

The show at the Allentown Art Museum was a huge suc-cess and the paintings have returned to Palisades.

SPORTS (continued from page 17)

Softball Head Coach: Michelle Bor-zock; 2nd year

Last Season Recap: The Pirates were 16-8 last season and won the Colonial League Championships for the first time in the school’s history.

Key Players Lost: Ashley Muth

People to Watch: Seniors: MaryBeth Sadow, Jackie Gubler and Ellie Gio-vino. Juniors: Krista Morrone, Taylor Rundatz and Michelle Smith and Sophomore, Stacey Hanisak.

2010 Season: The Lady Pirates seem to have a promising season ahead of them with the ma-jority of last year’s team returning this season. Coach Borzock feels that as long as the team “stays grounded and takes one game at a time…we should end up as one of the top four teams in the league.”

Palisades Art Student Show Coming Soon

Photos taken by B. Weihz

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“What is reality?” Imag-ine living two lives; one life in the reality we are accus-tomed to living, while the other life is tantamount to a virtual reality, and brings forth the opportunity to be-come engrossed in a world of beautiful distortions and endless outcomes. This seemingly virtual reality is dubbed lucid dreaming, and it has the potential to allow you to live two lives, as lucid dreams are extremely vivid and incorporate a high sense of awareness from increased brain activity while you are asleep. Lucid dreaming can be defined simply as dreaming while being aware that you are dreaming. Usually, one achieves the realization that they are dreaming from some sort of indication in the dream, an object or event that the sleeping indi-vidual recognizes as diver-gent from an experience in everyday life. From time to time, your lucid dream can be induced from no particu-lar “cue,” rather, it can hap-pen spontaneously. The level of the lucidity you acquire in a dream can also vary. If you are very lucid in your dream, you will have the realization that absolutely nothing sur-rounding does not have the ability to impose harm, so you will fear nothing in the dream. For example, if someone approached you with weapons in your dream, you wouldn’t neces-sarily run away if you achieve a high level of lu-cidity, because you would know the murderer was un-real. Low-level lucidity contrastingly means that you are aware of only some aspects of your dream, but

you cannot have a big im-pact on your circumstances. Thus, that same murderer may harm you and you would wake up fearful. Having lucidity in your dreams is a fascinating ex-perience, and its benefits are far- reaching. Since lucid dreams appear 3-D to the sleeping person, problem solving skills could be built upon, as issues can be solved creatively, without the hindrance of logical thinking in a conscious brain. Perhaps you have to give a presentation the next day and are fretting over all the possible scenarios, mostly ones of failure; lucid dreams are the playground for toiling with our concep-tion of reality, so one could create a classroom environ-ment tantamount to one in real life where he or she could practice the speech and become more confident though multiple rehearsals, without fear. Lucid dreams can be remembered in a detail that matches real-life memories: you develop a stronger sense of self as time pro-gresses and new experiences are encountered, so the events of lucid dreams could help shape who you are, for the better. Perhaps you have a fear of heights; in your lucid dream, you could jump out of a plane, which may sound extreme, but it could help alleviate a height phobia. Exploring alternate realities may be the most striking benefit of lucid dreaming. You are able to teleport to other di-mensions, have an out of body experience, or observe the nature of the physical universe, as your limitless subconscious views it.

You can improve your chances of having a lucid dream by utilizing a variety of techniques. One way is to practice “reality checks,” especially when an experi-ence in real life seems out of the ordinary, as this method will carry over into dreams. Examples could include looking at a digital clock to see if it stays con-stant, pinching your nose to see if you can breathe, or repeatedly jumping in the air, as you will most often fly when doing this in a dream. Another effective method is keeping a dream journal, and writing in it immediately upon waking up; this helps you to recog-nize elements that are com-mon in your dreams, so you can decipher when you are actually dreaming. Studies suggest that taking a nap a few hours after waking up in the morning is the most frequent time to have lucid dreams. The realm of lucid dreaming is a world where the limitations of the logi-cal, conscious brain are non-existent. The potential to find yourself immersed in an environment where new skills can be learned, fears can be conquered, and crea-tivity can be boosted are substantial benefits to lucid dreaming that could en-hance your life. The impact of your lucid dreams ulti-mately depends on your perception of reality; you decide the magnitude of validity a lucid dream pos-sesses, and how genuine its striking scenarios and hid-den messages are.

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What Do Dreams Mean? By Amanda Jankowitsch

Did You Know?

In Hungary,

children trade a painted egg and then try to

throw a coin into the egg.

Whoever wins, gets to eat the


In Canada, in Quebec, Easter is

celebrated with the Winter

Carnival, which includes

parades and sporting

events. Eggs are forbidden during Lent.


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Will: Where do you live?

Mr. Kiker: I live in Per-kasie, Pennsylvania in Bucks County. It’s about 20 minutes from school and it’s a nice place to live.

How many people are in your family?

Well, it’s me and my wife and I have two children. My wife’s name is Melanie. My son is Ritchie, he’s 2 years old and my daughter is Mary Grace and she is 4.

Do you like your work?

Yes I do, I’ve been teach-ing for 8 or 9 years and I enjoy it very much. I plan to be doing it for a quite a while.

What are your hobbies?

I have a lot of hobbies, but mostly, I enjoy hang-ing out with my family, going outside and doing things like that - riding bikes. I also enjoy play-ing fantasy football when football season is in.

What sports do you like watch? Do you like to play any sports?

I like to watch hockey and right now, I like to watch basketball. And to play…. I really like to play basketball and soc-cer.

Do you have any pets or animals?

No, I don’t have any pets or animals because my daughter is allergic.

Tell me something that would surprise me about you.

Something that would surprise you about me? Hmm. You threw me for a loop here, Will! I like to go mountain biking. I do a lot of mountain bik-ing, maybe you didn’t know that about me.

What kind of music do you like?

I like all kinds of music, as long as it’s good mu-sic. Old music, classic rock. I like alternative, I like rap if it’s good. I like anything…. if it’s good!

Q and A with Will Lyons

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Did You Know?

In Chinese culture, they celebrate the

beginning of a new year right

as winter is ending and

spring is about to begin. They

call it the “Spring

Festival” and it is the new year

of the lunar calendar.

Although this is not an official

Chinese holiday, they

treat is as one. It is the

grandest and most exciting

festival in Chinese culture.