Ridge Review https://mrhsridgereview.org The Student News Site of Mountain Ridge High School Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:48:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Sleep is for the STRONG https://mrhsridgereview.org/2910/opinion/sleep-is-for-the-strong/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2910/opinion/sleep-is-for-the-strong/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:48:54 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2910 The stars are shining bright in the sky, while the crickets begin to sing their lullaby. “Finally,” you think to yourself as you look out of the window. It’s everyone’s favorite part of the day. The time where you get to lay in peace. Your bed awaits you, and you take its welcome. Your heavy eyelids are much too ponderous for you to bear. Finally, you begin to fall into a deep sleep, sinking into your pillow that was calling your name for so long.


Many people enjoy the time of night where they get to relax. Some are more fortunate than others in this case and may have a better sleep. But have you ever wondered what goes on while you are asleep? Yes, of course the monsters in your room are busy eating your toes, but what goes on in the mind and body? 


The brain is full of many wonders and mysteries, but the amount of our brain still uncovered by science is extraordinary. For example, how is it possible that we can remember something better if we study before bed rather than during the day? 


The brain can make decisions while you are asleep. Why is this? According to the article by the sciencealert staff,  “our brains can make decisions while we’re sleeping.” Our brains don’t ever shut off when we are sleeping, and our brain is always aware of its surroundings. For example, we wake up when someone calls our name, our alarm goes off, emergency situations, or hear just any loud noise. These things happen because of the different sleep stages your mind goes in such as the first and second stages of sleep. In these two stages, a person can easily be awakened. They are the two lightest stages of sleep (N1 and N2). Once someone enters these stages, they may fall into a deeper sleep, and eventually getting to the heaviest stage of sleep, REM sleep.


The different stages of sleep are the Non-rem stages of sleep which are the first, second, and third stages of sleep. “Non-rem” is a term that refers to the non dreaming points in sleep. As a person sleeps longer, the stages advance into the REM phase of sleep; or the phase of dreaming. In the first stage, the mind can easily be awakened. According to REM vs. Non-REM Sleep: The Stages of Sleep by Cari Nierenberg, “this first stage of non-REM sleep (N1), a person is making the transition from being awake to falling asleep.” The second stage of sleep (N2) is a short period of light sleep. In this stage, the waves in the brain start to slow down. After this stage comes N3 in which is very important to the body. According to Nierenberg, “N3 sleep is a period of deep sleep that is needed for an individual to feel refreshed for the next day.” She continues to explain how we spend most of the night in this stage. Finally, the last stage is REM sleep. This is the point of the night where we have been sleeping for 90 minutes. In this form of sleep ones eyes begin to move very fast back and forth. It is still unknown to why this occurs, but it is what gives us dreams?


REM sleep is often known as the dreaming stage. In this phase, the brain waves are the most active in N1 and N2. Once the mind can advance to the fourth stage of sleep, they will begin to dream. The body stays completely still in this phase, but the eyes are moving rapidly. These movements (rapid eye movements) are due to the brain activity in this stage of sleep. The specific reason behind why our eyes move rapidly when we are sleeping is not clear. It is very important to get enough sleep so that our bodies can go through this stage because it activates learning in our brains. Aside from the dreaming stage of sleep comes the next question: why is sleep so important?


Sleeping is important for several reasons: it regulates moods, restores body cells, boosts energy, and more. Sleep is in charge of recharging the brain and allows it to function in the way that it does. Many times we feel grumpy when we don’t get a full night’s rest. This is because the brain didn’t rest enough to regulate the moods in the body. Sleep can also be beneficial to the brain because it is fighting the sick cells  and recreation of the healthy ones.


We often feel like after a long night of rest we still never get enough sleep. Why is this? First of all, the reason why most people feel like they don’t get enough sleep is because they don’t. Many don’t get the hours they need to feel fully rested. Although, sometimes when we do sleep 8-10 hours we still feel like we haven’t had enough. There are many reasons behind this but one of the reasons is that people aren’t doing much physical activity. Believe it or not, doing even small

workouts can energize the body. Exercise increases your health and well-being and this gives a person more energy. Another reason why we can always feel tired is if we are depending on caffeine to wake us up. The amount of caffeine taken in delays our amount of sleep because it gives a boost of energy. 


Sleep can benefit one in so many different ways, and is something the world will always be curious about. Although we don’t yet know everything about sleep, and we may not ever, we have come far and have seen the science behind some of the questions keeping us up at night. Remember, sleep is NOT for the weak, and you need it.

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A Two-Man Race https://mrhsridgereview.org/2906/opinion/a-two-man-race/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2906/opinion/a-two-man-race/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:35:54 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2906 Super Tuesday, or the Primary Elections took place on March 3rd for the American Samoa territory, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. 


For the politically impaired, Super Tuesday is participated in by the greatest number of U.S. states and territories to select their preferred candidate for the election. The incentive is pretty much the same for every state, which is to have influence in the election party by voting early.  With California and Texas being the two most populous states, more than 40% of the country voted in this particular election this year.


The Democratic nomination is now narrowed to a two-man race. Joe Biden showed surprising strength by taking 10 out of 15 participating states, cleaning up delegates from states he didn’t even campaign in. 100 percent of delegates voted for him in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Texas, where Bernie Sanders was expected to win.


Biden’s lack of campaign funds, and lack of time to release ads prevented him from campaigning in California, a state with enough delegates to kick Bernie clear out of the running. 


But he didn’t let that stop him. Biden gained several formal endorsements during the Dallas rally on March 2nd, the night before Super Tuesday.


One endorser, Beto O’Rourke called Biden the “antithesis of Donald Trump.” He described President Trump as being an “existential threat” to “free and fair elections.” O’Rourke and Biden are both infamous for their anti-second amendment agenda, and their partnership was sealed when Biden promised O’Rourke he’d be the one who leads his gun control effort should he win the election. 


Pete Buttigeig, the first openly gay and Christian presidential candidate, also came to offer his support on Monday night. Buttigeig was a former candidate who jumped to the top tier in the primaries but dropped out of the race Sunday night after he lost South Carolina to Biden. Despite their differences, Buttigeig believes his vision for America is acheivable by Biden, and that he is the right candidate to “bring back dignity to the white house,” and rally the country against Donald Trump.


Biden still seems to be on his way to defeating President Donald Trump, and continues to prove his popularity and capability. 


Second democratic candidate Bernie Sanders won the remaining 5 states, not to forget the biggest prize of the night:  93% of the 415 delegates in California. However, his once high hopes about sweeping the electoral field, diminished in a matter of days.


But it’s probable that Sanders still has a path to the democratic nomination. While he may have won less states, he is only 82 delegates behind, with 162 left to be awarded. Who’s to say he can’t or won’t get ahead? 


His most recent rally took place last night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. The number of attendants is undetermined, but those who came to support him witnessed quite a powerful speech centered around his political agenda in contrast to President Donald Trump’s.


At the rally, Sanders promised to inspire a new and more diverse generation but it seems as though democrats are continuing to close their minds to Sanders’ campaign, and rally behind Biden.


The biggest concern for the left party at this point in the race, is picking a safe candidate who can defeat Trump. Biden’s incremental policies and tactics are proving to be more appealing in contrast to Bernies ideological way. 


Sanders’ strengths lie within his liberal views and policies that have been attracting young supporters since 2016, but despite his strong and passionate vision, voters are turning away in fear of empty promises he has no means to fulfill.


On the other hand, Bernie’s young demographic could be his perfect leg up. Potential voters might view Bernie as someone who can actually shape future generations in a way other candidates cannot.



“He’s [Mr. Biden] very obviously aged in a way that Bernie hasn’t,” says Michelle Goldberg, opinion writer from the New York Times. 

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Irish Influence   https://mrhsridgereview.org/2903/entertainment/irish-influence/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2903/entertainment/irish-influence/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:03:57 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2903 While the buzz of Valentines Day subsides and the hype of March Madness intensifies, the emerald leprechaun takes the country by storm on Tuesday, March 17th through St Patrick’s Day. The day may be known for its Irish roots but the celebration was born by the Americans as a Celtic day of history.


The day embarks with a splash of green across market produce from milkshakes to bagels to bagpipe cacophonies in the streets; the day is an expression full of life. But why do we celebrate a day in which pinching your brother for not following the “rules” and wearing green is acceptable? 


Since 1631, St. Patrick’s Day has been a day of celebration by religious feasts to commemorate the anniversary of the fifth century death of the missionary credited with spreading Christianity to Ireland, Saint Patrick. For several centuries, March 17th was an Irish dignified religious day that consisted of attending church and partaking in feasts in the afternoon. Far from the reality of today, green colored foods and leprechaun cartoons were not the reality they could have imagined in the days of modest celebrations.


The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was in fact held on US soil over that of its homeland. 1762 in New York City was the producer of this parade. Irish Catholics flooded into the country in the time following the failure of the Irish potato crop around 1845. Many were forced to leave their country due to the “Great Hunger.” As home was missed, come the holiday, a lot of memories filled the void of the gap between them. The day was a day for the Irish. They clung close to their Irish identities and set out in parades to embody their strength as one.


With a dramatic climb of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, St. Patrick’s Day became a widespread holiday. In today’s day and age, millions of Americans of Irish ancestry celebrate their cultural identity and capture a day of celebrations. The streets are filled by cheery citizens, bagpipers, step dancers, and marching bands. Irish flags, charms, green knick knacks, shamrocks, and leprechauns follow through parades, stores, and the public. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that all heritages acknowledge and value. 


The historic ways Ireland celebrated the 17th only updated after the arrival of the television. With this advancement they could see the celebrations across the world in America. The Irish government decided to join the festivities and start holding a parade in Dublin by 1995. The parade which resurfaces every year, lasts five days and attracts around one million per year. The days consist of art shows, plays, concerts, funfairs, and the main parade. In the United States, Boston, Buffalo, New York City, Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, and Chicago (where they even die the Chicago River green). No matter the place, the world commemorates the day of March green.


St. Patricks Day is still a wide spread celebration honoring the Irish and the history their celtic roots embody. The 17th should be a day full of fun and maybe a little leprechaun mischief, all in the name of the Irish. So gather the green and find a kilt because the Irish in you may start to clog dance in the spirit of St. Patrick along with most of the world in full display of the Irish influence.


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Liam’s Leap Into Office https://mrhsridgereview.org/2899/school-news/liams-leap-into-office/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2899/school-news/liams-leap-into-office/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:55:18 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2899 For the past few years, Mountain Ridge has been proud to send their very own dedicated DECA members to run and hold a DECA state officer position. Now, for the 5th year in a row, Ridge DECA will send another amazing student to represent our chapter: junior, Liam Nelson. 


Nelson has been a proud member of DECA for the past 3 years, and has had a phenomenal overall experience. Stepping onto the Ridge campus his freshman year posed as a challenge because many of his friends at his former school were dividing up onto other campuses. Despite this challenge, Nelson states that one of his favorite parts about being in DECA was the large group of students he was able to connect with. Within his first year, he not only managed to emmerce himself into a new group, but also take second place overall in their State conference. 


“Being able to learn, what I did through DECA, and professional experience, as well as making friends has definitely been a great experience for the past 3 years,” stated Nelson.


Nelson’s inspiration to run derived from Ridge’s history of sending students to represent in office and because of the passion he saw each candidate put into their campaign and into DECA overall.


“I would see them speak and they always spoke with passion and power and that was something that I wanted to do, in addition to helping connect Arizona DECA members together and try to introduce new programs,” Nelson states. 


Any junior member of DECA is free to run for an officer position. Applications are taken between October and December, and there is an interview process that follows in January. After campaigning at the State competition in February, the candidates are narrowed down and selected. There are 9 districts total, each given one officer to represent them. Other requirements for candidates include attending a few different conferences, maintaining a GPA minimum of 2.5. 


This year, Arizona brought in 10 students running. October 1st marked the beginning of  Nelson’s long journey with the application. It consisted of many generic questions including his address, his plans, his goals, experiences, and other formal information. Luckily, Nelson was able to make it past the application stage,and into the interview stage in January. He reflected that the interview part was more rigorous. This stage consisted of two interviews. One was in front of the former state officer team. They asked lots of personal questions, one after the other. Nelson stated that they were very serious, however the second interview was a little more laid back. This one was in front of all the advisors and chapter leaders the questions asked here were a little less personal.


The way that the process works is that the application and interview stages narrow the running members as the decision makers look heavily for professionalism and rather or not each candidate would be a good fit. Following this, campaigning and voting stages are what really solidify the next officers. The 10 people running this year is lower than previous years. In the past it has brought in around 14, even 17 running members. After advancing through the first two stages, the hard work takes off even more. The candidates get to really kick off their campaigns once arriving at State in February. They are required to give two speeches over the course of 2 days. The first speech is about 2 minutes long and the second is about a minute, each taking place in front of around 200 people. At the end of the speeches, candidates come together on stage and watch the audience vote on their phones. 


If a district has more than one member running, then the vote will be taken between them for that specific district. However, if a district does not send a member to run or only has someone running alone, those not selected for their own district could take the place of another. Nelson stated that because of this fact, the election moved around a lot this year. The votes are also taken by popularity, and the crowd will vote for the candidate they liked or remembered the most.


Lots of work went into Nelson’s campaign, and it was no easy task. He also had other projects keeping him occupied at the same time, which often caused stress and difficulty. However, Nelson reflects that the whole process was fun because of those who surrounded him and because of the end goal. 


“There wasn’t a lot of time to take a rest,” states Nelson. “But I think it was worth it in the end and it was fun while I was doing it, even if it was difficult and stressful.”


Lots of work went into the campaign. Nelson stated that his advisor, Ms. Moore was a huge help as well as the other members of the DECA program. For example, he credits Mr. English for helping him with his speeches.


“I definitely could not have done that without him [Mr. English],” Nelson reflected. “The speeches were great, and I believe that I did some stuff that people definitely did not expect, and stook out from the rest of the speeches. And so I think that was how I was able to secure a position on the team.”


Fliers, buttons, ribbons, and more flooded the process. Nelson credits friends like Jack Greger for helping him with his fliers and with other preparations. The DECA students were a major help to Nelson, as they were very passionate about promoting him. 


“It was a fun campaign overall. We had people yelling and shouting and chanting. They kind of stopped us because apparently that was against campaign rules,” Nelson stated with a smile.


After giving his second speech at State on election day, it was announced that he would be the officer of District 1, covering schools like Camelback and Metrotech High Schools. Even though he isn’t the representative for Ridge’s district, he is still a representative for our school. Within all the excitement, Nelson stated that it also felt a little weird after being chosen. 


“After I had worked for those several months to get that spot, and now I was there, it almost defied expectations,” Nelson said. “It almost defied expectations.”


Now as a state officer, Nelson’s roles include representing District 1 as well as Mountain Ridge’s DECA chapters, going to all sorts of conferences, making visits with each school within the district, giving presentations, connecting with members, being a public figure and just helping to bring everyone together and help things run more smoothly. 


“My main role as a representative is to represent the wants and opinions of my district constituents in District 1,” stated Nelson.


Nelson had a goal in mind from the very beginning: to connect DECA together. Nelson stated that he has 3 ways of hoping to achieve that goal. The first was through networking. This is a field that is extremely important to Nelson as it creates a bond between people. The next step was through having events between chapters. His goal here was to bring together a fewer number of districts in order to still create that network setting, but to also have fewer people to make the overall experience less chaotic than DECA’s main conferences. The final way he hoped to achieve his goal was by expanding and growing DECA’s social media platforms. 


“Most people use social media and so expanding our presence will get the reach to more people,” stated Nelson. “But also expanding it onto different platforms- being different from people- kind of accommodates a larger set of people.”


Nelson is looking forward to the officer camp that will be held in August in Prescott. Here the officers will receive training and a whole lot of fun. Other than that,Nelson looks forward to being able to meet with DECA members and advisors and aiding in the coordination of the program.


Coming up in June will be the choosing of the executive positions, president, vice president, and secretary at the SOLDI conference where DECA as well as other CTSOs will gather to choose their executive representatives. 


Liam’s achievement is extraordinary and the entire school is very proud to have him be the 5th candidate to represent our school and the overall DECA program for the state of Arizona. We wish him luck in his next year.


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How to Spend Your Spring Break https://mrhsridgereview.org/2896/entertainment/how-to-spend-your-spring-break/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2896/entertainment/how-to-spend-your-spring-break/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:48:12 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2896 Spring break is all about having fun with family and friends. You don’t have to break your bank to have fun. You might think there’s not much going on but going out and making your own fun is what it’s all about. 


Go to a theme park. This is a perfect way to have fun with a group of friends or family. Water parks such as Hurricane Harbor are going to be opening up over spring break. Get a season pass so you can go all season, or you can keep it simple and go to a local pool. 


Sleep more than five hours. A lot of us don’t get much time to sleep, so this break would be a good opportunity to make up for the lost hours of sleeping. 


If you prefer to stay home over spring break, this might be a good time to do your spring cleaning. Getting rid of unwanted clutter can help you feel better about your surroundings. Getting rid of old clothes can make space for new clothes. You can also help out those less fortunate by donating your old clothes to Goodwill.


Go to a baseball game. A lot of spring training games are going on with some of your favorite teams playing. Prices for the tickets are more reasonable than regular season baseball games. 


Visit the Phoenix Zoo to see all the animals. You can see a bunch of exotic animals if you go to the wildlife zoo. A lot of zoos even offer the opportunity to feed the animals. 


Have a staycation. You don’t have to go out of state to get away from everything. Staying in a nice hotel is always fun to do even if it’s down the street from your house.


You could visit one of the college campuses that you’ve been interested in. Seeing the environment and getting an idea of what the atmosphere is like might help you decide if you want to attend that school or not. 


We all go to the arrowhead mall a lot, but taking the trip up to Arizona Mills might be worth it if you’re looking for entertainment. They have an aquarium, legoland, rainforest cafe, and several stores to shop from. In the food court, they also have a merry-go-round; not a lot of malls have all of these fun attractions.  


If you’re currently working you could pick up some extra shifts. Everyone could use extra money in their pocket. Even if you don’t have a job currently, you could apply to jobs near by looking for help. 


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Cheer: A Review https://mrhsridgereview.org/2893/staff-picks/cheer-a-review/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2893/staff-picks/cheer-a-review/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:44:43 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2893 When you think of a sports documentary, you might think of the story of an up and coming basketball player, a professional boxer’s biography, or something like Free Solo, a story that follows rock climbers in Yosemite National Park. Would a documentary about cheerleading ever come to mind? At the beginning of this year, Netflix released a series called Cheer, and it’s quickly began changing the narrative of sport documentaries and especially about the sports themselves.


Cheer focuses on Navarro Cheer Team, the cheerleading team that represents Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Although they’re from a tiny town and an even lesser known junior college, the team has won a total of 13 nationals. They’re such a big deal in the cheerleading world, that thousands of aspiring cheerleaders audition for the Navarro team every year, even though only 40 make it in, and only 20 get to perform. The documentary series gives people who know little about cheerleading a big insight into this incredibly emotional, painful, and yet rewarding process of being some of the top cheerleaders in the nation.


For us who don’t know much about cheerleading, we usually only have stereotypical ideas of it; we picture a group of perfect girls who focus mainly on being pretty and presentable, and have no issue tumbling at any moment. In reality, what they do takes so much more than that. For many of the members in the Navarro Cheer Team, their upbringings were far from perfect. The documentary follows closely to cheerleaders Morgan Simianer, La’Darius Marshall, Lexi Brumback, and of course, Jerry Harris, the most optimistic person on the team. Simianer grew up virtually without parents, La’Darius was beaten by his brothers for being gay, Brumback wasn’t very grounded and got into trouble, and Harris struggled with the loss of his mother when he was only 16. When Monica Aldama, the cheer team’s head coach, gave them spots on the team, she gave them a sense of structure and a purpose, which many of them believe helped keep them going during hard times.


She wasn’t easy on them, though, and it’s clear that she is a no-nonsense type of coach. They have hours long practices every day, sometimes multiple times a day, they have to keep up good grades, stay out of any kind of trouble, keep themselves fit, and overall have to represent Navarro and its program well. The director, Greg Whiteley, does a great job at showing what all of the team members go through to make Aldama proud, and it’s clear that they would do nearly anything for her. They push their bodies to give her everything she wants to see – every tumble, every stunt, and even every facial expression is done to make Aldama pleased with the results. 


This goes past just normal muscle pains, though, as cheerleading has proved to be a dangerous sport. Of course, the team does everything they can to work together and keep everybody safe, but accidents do happen, and this documentary doesn’t shy away from the reality. For example, there’s a crucial part in their routine called the pyramid. Aldama choreographed it with multiple flyers switching between groups of stunters that catch and throw them up, and even though they’re all incredibly experienced, talented, and hard working, the complexity of the pyramid took every single top flyer out of the routine from injuries except for one, which was Simianer. Even then, she ended up with critically bruised ribs by the end of the season from the amount of times she was being caught from all of the stunts they did.


The end goal of the insanely challenging season? To win first place again at nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Honestly for these dedicated cheerleaders, that’s essentially the only thing they’re aiming for. Cheerleading is not the type of career that can last you a lifetime – in fact, there is no ‘job’ that most cheerleaders can get just for being cheerleaders. Sure, they can benefit from brand endorsements and building up their social media presence, like member Gabi Butler has done, but it’s not something that’s entirely reliable, let alone guaranteed. These cheerleaders all really just want to do what they love at the best level they can, and they do it all for the rewarding feeling of winning at Daytona.


The series really captures the passion that the members have for this sport. There is no way you can watch this show, and all the literal blood, sweat, and tears that they put into this competition and not recognize that cheerleading is a sport. It’s just as physically challenging and emotionally draining as sports like soccer or football. Of course they’re not the same, but different types of challenges don’t always equate to different levels of difficulties. In a world where Esports are beginning to be accepted as sports, and NASCAR is somehow already a sport without needing much physicality, it only makes sense to officially recognize cheerleading as the sport that it is.


To watch Cheer, you really don’t need to know a thing about dance or tumbling at all. You just need to watch with an empathetic and open mind, and before you know it, you’ll be excited for Jerry’s mat talk, worried for their first full-out, and hoping that Lexi can perfectly throw all of the tumbling that she does. But you have to watch the show to get it!


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National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Fundraiser https://mrhsridgereview.org/2890/school-news/national-pediatric-cancer-foundation-fundraiser/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2890/school-news/national-pediatric-cancer-foundation-fundraiser/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:41:21 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2890 Within this year, it’s estimated that there will be 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses in the United States. Cancer is something that affects us on a widespread scale; almost every single one of us knows somebody who’s been impacted by cancer. That’s why cancer research is such an important subject, and HOSA has decided to act on it. HOSA has been selling custom bracelets for just $6 each in order to raise money and awareness.


All proceeds will go to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which is an organization that is dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. This is a cause that HOSA as a national organization, not just the chapter here at Ridge, usually contributes to. Here at school, the officers of HOSA organized it themselves for HOSA students, and they’re currently halfway to their goal of $300! It was mainly for HOSA students specifically, but anybody can buy a bracelet to support the cause.


Their main goal with this was to raise awareness for pediatric cancer specifically. It wasn’t that other types of cancer weren’t as important, it’s just that at the high school age, pediatric cancer affects us more. Some of our peers who have been diagnosed with cancer are pediatric cancer patients, so it felt best for HOSA to do something for the community that we’re all closer to. The bracelets seemed to be a perfect fit for this.


“We made the bracelets orange and yellow, which are the colors of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Despite doing something so simple, people will look at the bracelets and wonder what they’re for, and hopefully it’ll spark a conversation about pediatric cancer,” says Jacob Nova, president of HOSA.


Buying a bracelet is not the only way that we can support pediatric cancer patients. Nova made a clear point that monetary contributions were helpful, but not necessary. More than anything, it’s important that we continue to bring awareness to this issue. It’s crazy to know that we still haven’t found a cure for cancer, even when it was discovered in the 1700’s and nearly one third of Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime. We need to keep on with the conversations surrounding cancer, and HOSA’s fundraiser has been doing exactly this. Make sure to support the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and HOSA by either buying a bracelet or by starting a conversation!



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Coming to an End https://mrhsridgereview.org/2887/staff-picks/coming-to-an-end/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2887/staff-picks/coming-to-an-end/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:05:54 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2887 High school… the thing people look forward to from the moment they go to middle school. They can’t wait for the day to say they are in high school and starting all the different experiences. School sports, fun dances, friends, making memories. At least that’s how I felt in 7th and 8th grade. But once you have entered into your freshman year it will be the fastest four years of your life.


High school is coming and going so fast and before you know it college will be just around the corner. Everyone always says, “high school flies by,” and this is completely true. It feels like yesterday that freshman year just started and now my junior year is coming to an end before my eyes. It’s crazy to think of everything I have done and accomplished in the last few years. Now as junior year closes, it’s time to look at colleges, prepare for the ACT, and enjoy those last few moments before senior year. Senior year is going to be one of the most interesting years: the realization that you won’t be in high school forever and now have to think about the outside world. This may seem scary as you look at the future waiting for you but in the end high school can only last so long.


Looking at all the freshmen in the school reminds me of my own freshman year. It consisted of being carefree and only worrying about getting work in on time. It’s cool to see the future upperclassmen sitting in the same school as me. The only difference is them not realizing yet how fast the school years fly by.


As a freshman my only worries were tests, hanging out with friends, and volleyball but it all changes as you get older. Now, my main concerns are thinking about colleges and studying for the SAT and ACT. While you still get to have fun in the later years of high school, expectations begin to increase and things become more difficult as you step closer to adulthood.


The memories made in high school are truly great; my experience has been filled with so many different memories since my freshman year. Everything from homecoming to new friends. Going into my senior year will be a mix of many different emotions that come with being in my last year of high school and preparing to enter  the real world and start my life. Like I said before, it feels like it was freshman year yesterday, with brand new experiences and not knowing what to expect. Searching for my classes on the first day to staying up late talking to my friends about being so excited to be in high school is how my freshman year went.


So many things come with going into high school, everything from sweet 16, learning to drive, and graduating into the real world. All these things are what people look forward to from the moment they get older.  Becoming older and entering high school brings realization of more than just having to worry about school.


Not only is it weird to feel like just yesterday I was a young freshman, but when I am around my little sister and her friends it’s weird to think about how young they are and how they are only in elementary school. Until junior year coming to an end, I never realized how young my sister is and how long she has until she is in high school. It makes me think back to how young she was when I was just a freshman. As a freshman my older sister was a junior and she always told me that her high school time has been going by so fast and she couldn’t believe she was almost a senior. I watched her take the ACTs, become a senior, and graduate, but to me it didn’t seem that fast. I was scared for my first day of freshman year and even though it is flying by, it has been the most interesting and wonderful time.


In middle school you build this big picture of what high school is going to be and can’t believe you have four years in it.  I’m not saying that high school is just going to fly by like that, but it’s important to take advantage of all the activities and opportunities in school to get the most out of the experience. Many things come into play when I look back at my high school experience. Not to say that the quickness of life is a bad thing, but before you know it you will be in your junior in high school looking back at the memories you made.

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What I Remember https://mrhsridgereview.org/2885/staff-picks/what-i-remember/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2885/staff-picks/what-i-remember/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:24:45 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2885 Inspired by the Efforts of Active Minds, Dedicated to Holocher & Cornpop


I can remember a lot of things when I actually put my mind to it. I can remember a lot of good things, a lot of bad things; I can remember a lot of things that I’d rather not remember and a lot of things that I wish I could remember better. Truth be told, it really does matter, what you can remember. All of our life experiences up to this point have had an effect on us, and sometimes it’s okay to recollect on everything that’s gone down over the past 16 years (more or less). 


Here’s a small list of some of the most important things to me that I can clearly remember: 


  • I remember the astronaut wallpaper I had as an infant, which made me want to reach for the stars. 


  • I remember the first time I walked into the woods alone, which sparked a sense of curiosity and wanderlust inside of me. 


  • I remember the first time I put on a record, which set off a chain reaction making me the music guru that I am today.


  • I remember the first time I got into a bad fight, which made me realize how vulnerable I really was. 


  • I remember the first time I started bleeding and didn’t feel the need to cry, which helped me realize how strong and hardened I really am. 


  • I remember the first time I felt like I loved someone and wanted to be with them forever, which when looking back on it makes me realize how innocent I once was. 


  • I remember the first time I actually truly did love someone, and would have been genuinely happy to be with them forever, which made me realize how strange life can be. 


  • I remember the first time I’ve given a hug to someone, just as I remember the last, which has helped me learn how quickly things can change and fly by. 


  • I remember the first time I kissed someone with more than just infatuation, which helped me realize how much of a romantic I really am at heart.


  • I remember the first time I pushed someone away for no real reason, which helped me realize how cynical I can be at the worst of times. 


  • I remember the first time I tried to push for change when I should’ve waited for things to occur naturally, which taught me the virtue of patience. 


  • I remember the first time I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it, which made me realize how cruel I can be when absorbed in myself. 


  • I remember the first time I tried to lift someone else up before myself, which made me realize what kind of person I truly wanted to be at heart. 


  • I remember the first time I looked back to my past mistakes, which helped me understand all of the bad decisions that I’ve made and the responsibility of needing to bear them.


  • I remember the first real time I looked forward into the sunset, knowing just how bright the future can be when you put your heart and soul into it. 


  • I remember the first time I fell, and didn’t get back up. 


  • I remember the first time I fell, and landed on one knee. 


  • I remember the first time in which I refused to fall. 


There’s a lot of things I remember, all of which have shaped me into the cynical-romantic, soulful-gift-giver, bad-joke-making, puppy-and-people-loving, stone-faced-yet-emotionally-mellow, equally-helpful-and-useless news writer that I am today. 


I don’t regret one bit of it. 

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Cat Power: The Greatest? https://mrhsridgereview.org/2881/features/cat-power-the-greatest/ https://mrhsridgereview.org/2881/features/cat-power-the-greatest/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:14:59 +0000 https://mrhsridgereview.org/?p=2881 Dedicated to Em. R. York, the music BB. 


Charlyn “Chan” Marshall, better known by her distinguished stage name “Cat Power,” has cemented herself as the premier poster child when it comes to the heart of the music industry.


In all fairness, 1994 didn’t produce anything particularly remarkable in terms of music besides maybe No Need to Argue and the album’s iconic hit “Zombie” respectively. In regards to film it’s an entirely different story, with Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Luc Besson’s Léon coming to mind; in actuality if we’re going to be completely honest ‘94 might be one of the best years in film history, having produced multiple masterpieces. Still, the music industry was crammed with nothing but a bad bunch of pop bunk and angsty prose-works sprinkled with melodrama. 


The gritty and low-fi Dear Sir, hidden under a mountain of boring EP’s, caught only a small glimpse from the public eye. Even so, it was a unique and unequivocally raw sound that worked to tug Marshall out of her depressing heroin-riddled basement scene. The album probably wasn’t the best introduction that the world could’ve had to Marshall’s work; its meager spoils, both metaphorical and literal, would nonetheless go on to contrast her later releases (and, eventually, her way of life). 


By no means would I ever want to take on the grim existence of a young adult in the middle of one of the most depressing eras in both music and life in general. It’s something that definitely hit a burgeoning Cat Power hard, with alcohol and drugs taking a strong grip on her life (for a long while.) The depression, coinciding with other crippling habits, would influence her career up to contemporary age of Marshall’s music; the slow start as well as the constant feeling of being shoved up against a wall have allowed both Marshall and her music to find envelopment in a vast sea of strength and confidence. 


That’s definitely a lot; I should probably elaborate as to what I’m actually getting at. 


I’d testify in an instant that the entirety of the human race has heard or envisioned the story of a true hero struggling to overcome nigh impossible odds. The fables of antiquity pair well with their modern day ‘action-hero’ counterparts; both are still enjoyed, and both share the old-as-dirt themes that come with the hero’s journey (and its equivalents).

Something’s a bit different about Marshall (otherwise I probably wouldn’t bother to write about her or her career.) I’m not sure if it’s her moxy, or her pure confidence; whatever it is definitely sets Marshall apart from her peers. 


After Dear Sir, Marshall released Myra Lee (1996), with both albums being recorded in the same year yet released on top of each other in 95’ and 96’ respectively. Low-fi and mellow don’t properly describe either of these albums, as both are characterized by their previously mentioned raw, gruff vocalizations from Marshall and gritty chords. The first two didn’t necessarily set themselves out to be the best two (as I’ll be getting to); neither was her third release the worst; Chan Marshall would find true success in her later albums, as her unique sound would develop until it reached absolute perfection.


Marshall definitely worked at her own pace, with concerning hiatuses being an occasional issue throughout her career. 96’s What Would the Community Think and 98’s iconic Moon Pix would draw on what would come to be defined as Marshall’s distinct sound, with their balance being tipped in the favor of jazz and folksiness as opposed to the harsh grunge that came before; after Moon Pix, Marshall wouldn’t release anything of note until 2003, when she put out You Are Free which was the first Cat Power album to land a spot on the Billboard 200. 


The sound kept changing; Marshall’s wavy bouts of depression resonated in her voice, her true sound being epitomized in her magnum opus, The Greatest (2006). 


Often being described as one of if not the best works of her life, The Greatest is a combination of the greatest aspects of Marshall and her career. Doing away with the angry ruminations of her earliest works entirely, the album is a perfect blend of folk, jazz and rock. It hits all of the right spots, and in itself is a solid reflection of Marshall as a whole.


It’s raw poetry put to song (something that’s definitely helped by having access to a backing band made out of some of the most iconic soul and jazz performers from the past few decades.) Yet like Marshall, it teeter-totters between heart-crushing depression and glimmering rays of lovely sunshine on a track-to-track basis. 


The title track maintains both qualities; the projection of despair in lines such as “Lower me down…pin me in…secure the grounds,” contrasts with the hope and nostalgia found in the words “Two fists of solid rock…with brains that could explain any feeling.” It paints a picture that hits your heart and soul, lowering and raising your spirits at the same time. 


To consider myself a diehard fan of Marshall’s work would be dishonest. I haven’t listened to much after The Greatest besides a few songs from her newest work, Wanderer (2018) as well as a couple tracks in between the two decade-apart releases. Even with this being true, I did want to make a point that it wouldn’t matter anyhow has the “Venture in Cat Power” has decidedly come full circle anyhow. 


Wanderer is about a year and a half old now, and it doesn’t seem like we should be expecting much else out of Marshall anytime soon, as the entire album was written and recorded as a reaction to her surprise child. ‘Cat Power’ didn’t die as an idea with the birth of a baby boy, but it served its purpose. Chan Marshall is now a mother who’s a bit closer to the Charlyn Marshall which carried with her an air of emotion back in the 80’s and 90’s, yet with a whole life’s experience alongside her; While she plans to continue making music in her traditionally spotty fashion, she’d be good to retire her six-string at any time. 


There would also be a bit of dishonesty if I said that I had an endless amount of positive gestures to direct towards Marshall’s music; I don’t have anything particularly negative to say about her work but the quality of her music alone isn’t why I set out to write on her career. 


A sound most-unique is part of what has brought Marshall to her current pedestal in the music industry. The sound epitomized in The Greatest is both special and resolute; it’s amber goodness sprayed with rose scented perfume. Her backing bands and the tight homeliness of it all is what keeps Marshall on top. Above all, though, Marshall’s story is one of the few in music that came out with a happy ending; even as more music is released at a rocky rate, the story of “Cat Power” had both a beginning and an end. 


Marshall’s story can be understood as one woman’s grand journey over a course of around 25 years. 


It started with a young girl nearing her lowest of lows back in the early 90’s; an undeveloped, rough sound dancing around a new flame sparked a sense of potential for the road ahead. The young girl worked her way to the top and as she matured into a woman her music would reach its peak. Now she’s a mother and past her prime, enjoying simple days beyond the golden aura which surrounded her efforts in the mid 2000’s. The story of Chan Marshall’s music is over. 


Her experimentation in genre and melody, her persistence in the arts and her undying devotion to the work she loved most are all qualities which set Marshall apart from her contemporaries (among so many other things.) 


Music is hard to write on, which is why singling out a particular artist is generally a good choice. I have the intention to write on other artists in the future, especially the likes of my favorite Glam-Era stars such as Bowie, Elton John and Mercury. Highlighting the stories of other musicians around Marshall’s own early era such as Kurt Cobain (who committed suicide the same year Dear Sir was recorded) and Chester Bennington, with the struggles those artists faced being something that’s also important to touch on. If only there was enough time in the world to elaborate on each and every one of their careers. 


We can learn a lot from Chan (pronounced like “Shawn” or with an oriental tinge) Marshall, including a myriad of other things that I don’t have the time, experience or perspective to properly include in detail. There’s no hyperbole when it comes to what can be extrapolated from her and her work. 


As a student, Marshall has inspired me to work hard in order to reach new heights of happiness and success in the future. As a writer, Marshall’s authentic and inventive lyricism brings invigoration when it comes to writing bits of poetry and pieces for the paper. As a singer, Marshall has helped me develop a sense of confidence in my voice and the style that I’ve chosen to implement in my personal musical career. 


As a person, Marshall’s work reminded me that we all have our own story. We all have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s up to us to figure out what goes on in between those moments. That can definitely be a hard thing to do, but it’s important for a healthy and fulfilling life. 


There’s not all too much more to say besides the fact that, even with all of the philosophical musings put aside, you should definitely try out some of Marshall’s music (at least her greatest hits; my personal favorites are off of The Greatest and Moon Pix). 


You only get one chance to be The Greatest, so why not take it? 


Afterword: On a personal note, Marshall’s tunes can really help with difficult times. Even though her hard-hitting lyrics and heartstring-tugging melodies can be a challenge to get used to at first, it’s definitely worth checking out her music to use as a coping mechanism if not for the purpose of hearing some good music.  


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