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Asian American Month By Sahej B.

Asian crime has been a big problem for the past few months, and it's getting worse. For the past months, Asians have been getting harassed, called names, and some can’t even go out in public without fear of getting attacked. They do not feel safe anymore, because of the unreasonable attacks directed at them. A few weeks ago, a man with a weapon entered a store and attacked several Asian women without any reasoning. Some people are connecting the Covid-19 virus with Asian people, and calling them viruses, even if the virus is not related to them whatsoever. We are all human and should be treated equally. It doesn’t matter about the color of your skin or how you look. We are all special in our own ways. That's why the month of May is known for “Asian American Month” so instead of harassing we should respect and notice our Asian Americans and you might know and love some like Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson and many more that are so amazing.

Cinco De Mayo - Gannon E.

May 5th is a very special day for some people. This day is also known as Cinco De Mayo. This day is celebrated with many Mexican culture food. We celebrate Cinco De Mayo because this was when Mexico won the battle of Puebla in 1862. The battle was between Mexican and French forces of Napoleon 3rd. The battle began in 1861. The English, Spanish and French were the countries going against Mexico. After a while the English and the Spanish took their troops out of the battle but France stayed in the fight because they had wealth from landowners. France wanted to create a monarchy in Mexico to stop the US powers. The war continued for many years but Cinco de Mayo is to show that they defeated French troops.

VR By Aiden B.

So, probably everyone knows what Virtual Reality is, but if you don't then here is a passage about it. Virtual Reality is a video game device or you can watch videos/play games on but you put it on your head and you can look around. There are small controllers but they don't work for all games, some come with special pieces. Basically, Virtual Reality makes you feel like you are inside of a game or show. It comes with some side effects as well...obviously, for example, you can get nausea/dizzy or get a headache, I am one of the lucky people who don't get symptoms on my first time. Not going to lie, it is really fun playing Virtual Reality, there are all sorts of games to play in and I got to play one that makes a lot of people dizzy, it is a jet game. You can lend jets, shoot other jets, and some other fun stuff. Virtual Reality is amazing I would 100% recommend buying one if you are bored.


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Pandemic Problem

I have lakes with no water, mountains with no stone and cities with no buildings. What am I?

National Nurses Week! By Makenna L.

This week is National Nurses Week! Many forget to acknowledge nurses and everything they do. This week we take some time to honor our nurses. In the U.S., National Nurses Week was first observed from 11 to 16 October 1954 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. President Nixon later announced National Nurses week in 1974. It started off as just one day according to Ronald Reagan, but the American Nurses Association expanded the holiday from the current celebration from May 6th- May 12.

This week is celebrated all over the world. Nurses don't get enough recognition for everything they do. People should really recognize everything they do, all of them attempting to save lives, working in the hard conditions in Covid 19. Take this week to thank any nurses you know. They deserve it!

May the Fourth Be With You By Jake M.

Coming up on May 4th is Star Wars day or “May The Fourth Be With You”. Maybe you can get your parents to cook a Star Wars theme dinner. For example, Han burgers, Millennium Falcon, Yoda soda (Lemon-lime soda with sherbert), and some Darth taters, and for a snack, you can make pretzel lightsabers. After a nice themed dinner, you can sit back and watch a star wars movie. I would recommend a Star Wars original. Also for those going on a Star Wars marathon, you should watch them in order 4,5,6,1,2,3 the order they were released in. Or alternatively, if you are a member then watch them in order 1,2,3,4,5,6. Now go have a good Star Wars day and remember, May the Fourth be with you always.

Tacoma: By Carter R

We’ve all seen a Toyota Tacoma driving down the highway, or even lived in Tacoma Washington. But before the name belonged to a town or a truck, Tacoma once was the title of a dormant volcano in Washington state. The tallest mountain in Washington is known to most as Mount Rainier. Native Americans were in this country before us, and they called the towering, awe-inspiring peak Tahoma. (The original language was not written, and pronunciation varied regionally.) In 1792, when American visitors ‘discovered’ the mountain, they renamed it after Peter Rainier, a British Admiral fighting on the other side of the war! Now, the Puyallup tribe in Washington is petitioning to re-rename the mountain Tacoma.

Top 10 Disney Movies By Alexa C.

There are lots and lots of Disney movies out there. The first Disney movie ever produced was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And since then, there have been many, many more. Now, many people have their own opinions on which is the best ones. Rotten Tomatoes is a site that rates all movies, it gives them a percentage on how good the movie is. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the top 10 best Disney movies are:

10. Aladdin

9. Moana

8. Cinderella

7. Raya and the Last Dragon

6. Dumbo

5. 101 Dalmatians

4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

3. Zootopia

2. Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

1. Pinocchio

HLS 7th Grade Baseball By Max W.

The HlS 7th grade baseball team is doing mediocre. The team is sitting with 1 win and 2 losses as of right now. Their most recent game was to the new school Union Park where Highland Lakes secured their first win. Now to the other two games at the start of the season. The first game of the season against Sonoran Trails looked like it would be a good game through the first couple of innings then it got kind of out of hand. Highland Lakes ended up getting beat pretty badly. For the second game of the season, it was against the rival Hillcrest team. This was a great game with two really good pitchers that went face to face. The lead changes happened quite a bit of time being a really close game the whole game. But in the end, Hillcrest pulled away just barely winning by one run in the last inning. The team's next opponent will be Sonoran Trails on Monday after school at our home fields where they seek revenge.

Bird Day

National holiday... Speaking about national holidays, Bird Day takes place on May 4th. This is the day to honor our Earth's birds. It is the day bird watchers must, go out. Lets go through five of America's birds. First the Ruby-Throated hummingbird. This hummingbird has a pink throat - how it got it's name - and is attracted to nectar. Next, the Northern Cardinal. Not connected to the football team. This is a red bird and it has a black face. These birds are often fed sunflower or safflower seeds. Third of all the Baltimore Oriole. This is the state bird of Maryland. They visit backyards where oranges and jelly are offered. Then the American Robin is next. This bird can be found anywhere looking for some worms. They have an orange-red breast and gray upper parts. And lastly, the Downy Woodpecker. It is black and white and has a short beak. They males has a red spot on their head while females don't.

Airplanes By Scott A.

Last week I flew from Phoenix to Santa Ana, in California, to Salt Lake City in Utah. People have been traveling a lot more lately, the airport parking garage was almost completely full. The airport was very crowded and all the flights were full. There were 10 seats open to Santa Ana, and about 75 open to Utah, that one was not as full, and coming back there were 9 seats open. I flew on Southwest the whole time, my dad is a pilot for Southwest and we fly standby which means we don't have a confirmed ticket on the plane so we have to hope that there were seats on the plane. We almost didn't make it. Airlines still sanitize the planes and wipe down everything before each flight. Southwest has all the middle seats open so the flight was literally completely full. All airlines are still requiring masks over your nose and mouth at all times except for eating or drinking by federal law. Overall the trip was good, Salt lake recently remodeled their whole airport so if you come into the B terminal you have to walk a mile (15 minutes) to get to baggage claim. It is not the best design ever, and people were frustrated because the escalator was broken so you had to wait in line for the elevator for 20 minutes.

Baseball By Arthur F

Baseball is a sport where a bat-and-ball game is played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. Baseball is very fun and includes a lot of running from base to base. Bunting is also not allowed in baseball. Bunting is where you hit the ball with your bat when it is coming at you very lightly so you can get a good head start to first base while the people on the field have to go run for the ball since they expected it to be hit out further. Did you know that the longest baseball game in history lasted 26 innings! Which is very, very crazy. The oldest baseball park in MLB was built in 1912. Which was exactly 109 years ago! MLB stands for Major League Baseball. I would reconsider playing baseball if you are trying to choose a sport to do.

Two Moons are Better than One? Saelah N.

Did you know that earth sometimes has two moons? Apparently. Most people do not know this. For the past three years or so, Earth has had a new celestial object in its orbit. 2020 CD₃ is a smaller version of an asteroid that has been orbiting earth for around three years. Scientists discovered this last year in 2020. Some people may get it mixed up with the asteroid Cruithne which follows earth's orbit around the sun. But 2020 CD₃ is only 9 feet in length. Compared to Cruithne its tiny. 2020 CD₃ is so small that its almost completely invisible to see from earth.

The Marvel Review Continues By HLS Movie Staff


By : Dom O.

When Age of Ultron opened, the Avengers invaded a facility run by the terrorist organization Hydra. Villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, played by Thomas Kretschmann, was using the facility to experiment on prisoners using OG villain Loki's scepter. The circle of life, huh? While successfully apprehending Strucker and capturing his scepter, the Avengers also meet the Maximoff twins, Wanda / Scarlet Witch and Pietro / Quicksilver. Of course, the team can't exactly check this mission off as a success before disaster strikes. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner realize that the scepter contains an artificial intelligence, and rather than considering the fact that artificial intelligence in an evil villain's weapon isn't the safest, the pair choose to apply it to Tony / Iron Man's global defense program, known as "Ultron." Because nothing can stay chill for a sec at Avengers HQ, choosing to activate Ultron goes horribly wrong. Now taking on human-like qualities, Ultron feels that he must eliminate all of humanity for Earth to survive. He attacks the group and escapes with the scepter, returning to Strucker's own headquarters to build his own army. He also teams up with the Maximoffs, and in a later encounter with the Avengers, Scarlet Witch demonstrates her powers by attacking them with bad visions, which partially plays into the decision for the Avenger team to go into hiding. Cue Hawkeye's secret family! Meanwhile, Ultron has forced Avengers ally, Dr. Helen Cho, to build him a new, strong body, but Wanda infiltrates his mind, learning that he plans to destroy human existence as we know it. But isn't that what all supervillains are after? Her common sense aside, Wanda and Pietro both cut ties with Ultron. The Avengers also track him down, snatching up the synthetic body Cho has developed for Ultron, but not before Ultron captures Natasha Romanoff. As the film's action reaches its climax, Tony Stark manages to upload his own A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S., into the synthetic body meant for Ultron. Thor also returns from feeling shaken up about the Wanda-inflicted visions to share that a gem on the brow of the body is one of six Infinity Stones, aka the most powerful objects in the universe. In the Avengers' final battle against Ultron, the team follows him to the fictional Eastern European country Sokovia, where Strucker's base was and where Ultron has managed to send part of the city into the sky. His evil plan is to crash this vibranium-infused area into the ground, leading to the destruction of the entire world population. Natasha is also rescued, joining the Avengers in their fight against Ultron as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive to rescue Sokovian citizens. The synthetic body, known as the "Vision," and Wanda play a major part in defeating Ultron, with the Vision destroying his last remaining army body and Wanda defeating his primary body. Iron Man and Thor also destroy what is essentially an asteroid of Sokovia.(elitedaily)

ANT-MAN (2015)

By: Noah K.

This is a really good movie. It starts off with Scott Lang getting let out of prison. He starts his free time by robbing again. He robs Hank Pim, he successfully robs him but gets caught. He learns that the suit he stole has powers. He escapes then meets Hank Pim. They practice for a little then they start their mission. After it fails, Ant-Man chases Yellow Jacket. After a few fights and some chasing, they reach Scott's old house which is where his ex-wife, daughter, and I guess brother in law live. After the best fight scene ever, I mean a toy Tomas The Tankengine becomes huge, Scott goes quantum, which means he went super small. He got something in his brain but that is really seen in Ant-Man 2. That's it, I had to cut it short because of time.


By: Katie C.

This movie by far, in my opinion, is the best movie out of Captain America’s trilogy, but the problem is, this movie isn’t even mainly centered around Cap. The main story is about many people fearing the actions of superheroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man). They battle it out in an airport in Berlin ultimately leading



The movies from the series “The Maze Runner” are definitely very different from the books, especially the further you move through the series. “The Maze Runner” book series has five books, and “The Maze Runner” movie series has three movies that were based on the dystopian sci-fi novel previously stated, and directed by Wes Ball. The theme/storyline of the movie starts off with Thomas, our main protagonist “awakening in an elevator, remembering nothing of his past, Thomas emerges into a world of about thirty teenage boys, all without past memories, who have learned to survive under their own set of rules in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. With a new boy arriving every thirty days, the group has been in "The Glade" for three years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space (patrolled by cyborg monsters named 'Grievers'). They have begun to give up hope when a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change with the boys dividing into two groups, those willing to risk their lives to escape and those wanting to hang onto what they've got and survive” (IMDB). Dylan O’Brien portrays ‘Thomas’ (the main character) and Thomas Brodie Sangster portrays, ‘Newt’ (the secondary main character), along with other actors such as Ki Hong Lee (Minho), Aml Ameen (Alby), Blake Cooper (Chuck), Will Poulter (Gally), and Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), and many others. The actors dominated and completely took over the roles so well, every cast member fit their character perfectly. Even though the characters are spot on there are some differences between book and movie, for example; in the book, there is a bullet-proof window built into the maze walls while in the movie there is not. Another difference is that in the movie, it’s a lot more “Thomas is our savior” type thing but in the book, while he still is the main protagonist he’s timider and not as cocky. The movie also took a more dystopian route of the genre instead of having it be science fiction centered, especially in the second and third movies.

-Katie C.

The difference between books and movies is tremendous. The first book, written by James Dashner, and the first movie are quite similar. Like any movie based on a book, it leaves out a couple of scenes. For example, at the beginning of “The Maze Runner” book the deuteragonist (the secondary character), Newt, wakes up the main character, Thomas, earlier than all of the other characters. Newt takes Thomas to this window on one of the walls of the maze, also called the Glade. He then tells Thomas to look through the window and when he does he see this creature called a griever. I’m not going to go into all of the details and describe the creature but that could have been a perfect scene to have in the movies. It could have been a perfect bonding moment between the two and it could have shown the actual fear that Thomas felt when he saw this ghastly creature. Yes, the movie had almost all of the scenes included but there is still that extra thing that the movie was missing. It missed so many scenes that show the characters' true nature. Although the movie didn’t portray the character's personalities correctly at times, it cast the perfect people to play the characters. The actors and actresses portrayed their characters so well. For example *spoiler alert* when Gally, played by Will Poulter, tries to kill Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, but Chuck, played by Blake Cooper, jumps in front of Thomas to save him Dylan O’Brien portrays the exact emotions that Dashner wrote that Thomas should have felt when his best friend died not only in his arms but for him. The book had another scene that was a little different than what the movie scene was. In the book, Thomas and Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee, are stuck in the maze for a night and the grievers are trying to kill them. Thomas then comes up with the idea to trick the grievers into falling off of a cliff. When Thomas does this it shows Minho that he actually has the potential to be a runner and he isn’t all talk. This is a major moment because this causes a friendship between the two that is a major necessity.

-Aubrey B.

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