Trojan Times

February Edition

Black History Month

By Amber Lohman

What do you think of when people talk about February? Most people think of February, President’s Day, and winter. A lot of kids are just waiting for spring break, even though it’s a month away. The truth is, there are much more important things that happen in February. These things are often overlooked in the mess of worrying about whether or not you’re going to have a Valentine this year. One of these things is Black History Month, celebrated every February. I believe that we should learn about, care for, and celebrate black history and Black History month far more than we currently do.


The concept of Black History Month started in September of 1915 with historian Carter G. Woodson. He worked researching the achievements of African American people in History, and originally created Negro History Week, the second week of February, in 1926. This idea spread around the U.S., and many people celebrated Negro History Week. By the 1960s, a large amount of Americans started to celebrate Black History Month for the entire month of February. Later on, other countries started partaking in this event, making Black History Month what it is today.


There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month. The main point of this time is to appreciate the ways African Americans have helped shape our society, historically and culturally. People can look back on the achievements made by African Americans, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who is widely known for his peaceful protests against racism, Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman who was sent into space, and Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States. It is also important to learn about the culture and understand the importance it has for our society.


Black History Month has a lot of importance, and still affects all people to this day. While our society has progressed greatly throughout history, there is still racism today, especially in the United States. The most valuable portion of Black History month is continuing the conversation on racism and equality. Talking about these issues is the only way to move forward and make the changes that will benefit everyone. If you want to celebrate Black History Month, the best thing to do is to start the conversation and continue the work that so many people have done in the fight for equality.


The truth is, Black History Month is far more important than other, more popular events in February. It is part of a movement that has and will save and change lives. So what can you do? Do your research, educate yourself, and help other people do the same. This can help the community and make a difference in the world. Learning about black history is important for all people, and can make you more aware of important issues today. So, hopefully now you all think of Black History Month before you think of Valentine's Day when February comes.


Citations:

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/black-history-month https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/01/black-history-month-2021-how-celebra te-what-know/4292640001/

Lunar New Year

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Megan Hartley

The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year usually falls from anywhere between January 21st and February 20th. Lunar New Year 2021, year of the Ox in the Chinese calendar falls on February 12th. Some traditions of this holiday include red “pockets” full of money, firecrackers, and Lion/Dragon dances. As you go back with the Lunar New Year you will find this celebration was associated with trying to “bring good fortune ” over to the new year and ridding of bad spirits says. “There are lots of little things you are supposed to do, and not do," she explains. "You're not supposed to cry, and you're not supposed to argue—only talk about good, happy things"(Maasbach).This will set the tone for the future days. "Pay back your debts before the new year starts," Massback continues, or it's bad luck.”(Vincenty).


Vincenty, Samantha. The Lunar New Year's Traditions and SUPERSTITIONS, EXPLAINED. 4 Feb. 2021, www.oprahmag.com/life/a34892893/what-is-lunar-new-year-festival/

Anti-Valentines Day

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Phoenix Bridegroom

Don’t you just hate Valentine's Day? I mean if you're single and stuck at home with your parents, what's the point! I mean it's nice to get valentines from your friends but, it doesn’t feel the same when you get it from a secret admirer. And it doesn’t count as an “actual” valentine if you get it from a family member. Now what I do, every Valentine’s Day, is buy myself whatever I want for Valentine’s Day then watch a movie while eating the stuff I bought. Now of course since i absolutely hate Valentine’s Day, the movie genre would be comedy, action, mystery, or horror so you stay away from the love icky stuff. Musicals are also aloud. You could also have an anti-valentines day party with your other single friends so you're not spending this day alone.

The CMS Drama Club

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Lights, Camera, Action

Logan Arthur

The Chesterton Middle School Drama Club just had their play over the weekend of February 26 and 27. They performed a comedy called Everyone Gets Eaten By Sharks. The play was about different but funny ways to get eaten by sharks including sea kayaking with meat paddles and walking the plank. There were also narrators who took you through the different ways. There was Adventure Dan, a explorer who had a Mexican Timeshare, and Sweet Bonnie, a sweet nine year old who doesn’t want a timeshare. They had a very fun dynamic together and made the audience laugh.


I talked to 3 people about the show. Amber Lohman who played Adventure Dan, Madison Morton who played Marjorie, and Kassidy Robinson who played Yani’s beloved, Kelly, and Pooch.


Amber Lohman:

What was your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of the show was getting to have an audience. It felt like all of our work had paid off.


What was your favorite part of being in the cast?

My favorite part of being in the cast was that I was able to become so close with all of the other kids and meet so many great people.


Would you ever do Drama Club again?

I would for sure do Drama again. I am already planning on doing it in high school, and if I have time, I may try to come and help with next year’s middle school play.


Would you recommend doing Drama Club and why?

I would recommend doing Drama Club because it’s fun for everyone, no matter what you’re doing to help the show.


Madison Morton:


What was your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of the show was definitely the pirate scene.


What was your favorite part of being in the cast?

My favorite part of being in the cast was definitely the connection I made with the people there.


Would you ever do Drama Club again?

I would definitely do Drama Club again


Would you recommend doing Drama Club and why?

I 100% recommend going to Drama Club because of the bonding experience you make with your fellow classmates. As a participant in Drama Club, I got to see people come out of their tiny shell and become more social than I would’ve ever thought of. Not only that but I truly have made some long lasting friendships from Drama.


Kassidy Robinson:


What was your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of the show was playing Kelly. I got a lot of laughs and it taught me to step out of my comfort zone.


What was your favorite part of being in the cast?

My favorite part of being in the cast was getting to meet amazing people.


Would you ever do Drama Club again?

I would definitely do Drama Club again. It was always the highlight of my week.


Would you recommend doing Drama Club and why?

I would recommend Drama Club because other than the fun of getting to perform, you get to meet unique people and make a lot of friends.

Valentine Treats

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Chloe McGowan

February has two very important facts about it. That February is the shortest month out of all twelve of them, and that it is the month where Valentine’s Day takes place. When thinking about the love-filled holiday, one would usually think of flowers, stuffed animals, and desserts. Desserts are a universal treasure, if I do say so myself, and what better way to celebrate February than with a list of family recipes that have been handed down through the generations! Below is the list of baked goods that you can make.


  1. Pecan Cups

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese

  • ½ cup of butter

  • 1 cup of flour

  • Mix those three ingredients together, and then roll the dough into small balls, line mini muffin pan, press into mini muffin pan.

    • For the filling, use 1 egg

    • ¾ cup of brown sugar

    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

    • ¼ teaspoon of salt

    • ⅔ cup of pecans

    • Mix together, and then fill the shells in the mini muffin pan.

      • Bake it at 325 degrees for 30 minutes


  1. Ruskies/Roshkies

  • For the filling, use one 16 ounce bag of chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • A half cup to a cup of milk

    • For the dough, 1 cream cheese

    • 2 sticks of margarine

    • 2 cups flour

      • Mix walnuts with the sugar, and add milk to make a paste.

      • Mix cream cheese, margarine, and flour, then refrigerate for at least one hour.

      • Roll dough in ½ flour, ½ powdered sugar.

      • Cut out circles from dough, add walnut paste.

        • Bake at 325 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes



  1. Swedish Ruby Drops

  • For the dough, 1 cup of soft margarine

  • 1 ½ cup of powdered sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups of flour

    • Mix thoroughly — shape dough into balls, role in powdered sugar.

    • Place 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet.

    • Press thumb deeply into the center of each dough ball

      • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 -12 minutes until they are set but not brown

      • Let them cool

      • Fill the thumbprint with your favorite jelly or fruit filling.


I hope that you consider using my family’s recipes. Make sure to follow the instructions exactly as they are written, but if you want, add a little bit of your own twist to them. Happy baking this month and many more!




President's Day

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Madison Boatright

On February 15, we did not go to school because it was for President's Day. We celebrate President's Day because it happens to be George Washington's birthday. Presidents day is on the third Monday in February. George Washington is also the first president of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. George Washington was born over 288 years ago. Washington was not only the first United States president he was also a general. When Washington stepped down from Commander and Chief he did not want to be the leader of the country all he wanted to do was go home to his animals and crops. At only 22 Washington was part of a military skirmish that sparked a revolutionary war. Washington was a great first president for the US and that is only one of the great reasons that we celebrate Washington's birthday.

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