2020 has just begun and so much has already happened in the U.S. and it’s national relations. With the passing of President Trump’s impeachment for many crimes, the country has been on the edge of their seats. Especially with the conflict in the eastern hemisphere. The Iranian Military Leader, Soleimani was killed in a drone strike that was carried out by American troops. Soleimani was visiting Iraq due to Iran’s ties with them to help rebuild their government. A missile was shot at a vehicle he was riding in. Iran called for three days of mourning, no one is quite sure what is coming next. Some claim that the reason for all of this was for a diversion away from Trump’s impeachment, so he can stay in office. It was a war crime so this could make things worse for him. This strike never went through the rest of the government and was announced by Trump himself from his resort in Florida. There is already talk of drafts for the very possible war going through the public. Hit “2” to read more
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Christmas is one of the largest holiday of the year for christians, it’s celebrated alongside Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other religion’s twist and reason for the holiday. Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. People decorate their houses with trees, lights, and the colors red and green. We tell our children that on the night before Christmas day Santa will deliver all the presents they want and will leave them under the tree to be found in the morning, this is due to the story of St. Nicholas. Around 280 A.D. he gave away much of his wealth to the poor and sick. He was well known for his kindness. He would travel around Europe and help anyone he could. The name “Santa Claus” came from his dutch name “Sinter Klass”, when America heard of the Dutch Morning St. Nicholas’ death. Now that you know more about the history of christmas, here are some things that you may have never heard.
No One Knows when Jesus Was Born
Although we celebrate Christmas on December 25th and claim that is was the day Christ was born, it is never stated in the Bible the exact date he was born. The date was decided by the Catholic Church, they wanted to celebrate His birth be having a feast which was made for December 25th. The date has just carried on through history.
Christmas Was Banned Twice
Christmas was banned in both England and the United States. In England, 1644, it was made illegal due to it causing partying, along with a mass amount of drinking. When English set out to find the “New Land”, the English brought this doubt of Christmas with them. Christmas was also banned in the America’s after settlement and wasn’t made a federal holiday until nearly 1870. Click “2” to read more
The Big Ten Championship was played on Saturday night, December 7th. The top team in the east section of the Big 10 ended up being Ohio State University, followed by Penn State and Michigan. They went undefeated and earned the ranking of the number one team in the country this year. For the West section, Wisconsin was the top team, being followed by Minnesota and Iowa, ending the real season with a 7-2 record in conference games. Both teams fought hard this year to get their rankings. It was definitely a good year of football. Ohio ended up winning the game 34-21. They came back in the second half. The Buckeyes were behind by two touchdowns when the first half came to a painful end for them. They’re eyes were set on the College Football Playoffs though and they’re furry fueled them.
Wisconsin opened then game scoring two touchdowns and making the field goals making a 14 point lead. With only seconds left to spare before the half was over the Buckeyes scored a touchdown climbing closer to winning, they came back in the second half scoring five times taking the lead.
Music has always been a large part of culture. Pop music has been one of the most popular. It’s most of what is heard on the radio and a lot of the current most popular musicians play pop music. In 2019 some of the most popular pop singers were Ariana Grande, releasing her “Thank U Next album” and singing in single, “7 Rings”. Many of her songs encompassing messages of women independence and upbeat breakup songs.
Ed Sheeran, a British songwriter and singer had very many popular songs, this year he has changed his style. He’s been collaborating with rap and rock writing, incorporating more genres into his songs. His music still has a pop feel to it, just with a little jazz to it. He’s released the songs Beautiful People, Cross me and many other singles. He also released the album No.6 Collaborations Project. (Hit “2” to read more)
In Ohio once Halloween is over winter weather officially starts. We always have our first snow before Thanksgiving. Cincinnati just had its first snow last week. The temperature is dropping and the layer of clothes is rising. I’m gonna show you just a few ways to stay warm and look cute at the same time.
Sweaters and turtle necks are probably the most simple things to wear when it’s cold out. They’re also the most versatile. You can put lays under it, like a flannel under a sweater showing the collar and cuffs. You can also put things over it like a simple jacket. They can go with any pants like leggings and jean. Sweaters can be a comfy outfit or a nice outfit depending on how you style it. However turtle necks always look nicer no matter how you put them.
Cardigans, much like sweaters are a very simple things to wear. You can easy put them over anything such as a tee shirt or a dress shirt. Cardigans can be an extra woolly layer to keep you warm or you can just wear a cute thin one to the looks.
Not so much as an outfit piece, but an accessory, scarves can and a lot to a look. Plaid scarves have become very popular, you can pair them with anything that matches. You can wear them with a plain long sleeve. They can be a nicer look when warm inside, making you look warm and cozy, but dressed up at the same time.
Speaking of plaid, patterned pants have also been a trend, bringing a blast from the past. Plaid or checked leggings and skinny jeans have blown up. You can also find pants with patterns such as stripes and checkered. These are a lot harder to match things to. Getting black and white patterned pants would make it the easiest, being able to go with any plain colored shirt. However colored pants can would with any plain shirt that matches the colors on the pants.
This week was the last Football game for West Clermont’s 2019 season. The last home game is always senior night, celebrating the senior football players. This year our senior wore the numbers: 13, 8, 30, 78, 5, 61, 55, 14, 44, 20, 33, 4, 25, 62, 46, 10, 22, 34, 14, and 44. The Wolves had a hard fraught win against Kings 35-19.
The night of October 26th was the night every body was waiting for. The rivalry game against West Clermont and Milford at Milford. In the past West Clermont has won the game twice and Milford winning once last year. Last year Milford had a hard fought win, 23 to 21, West Clermont was coming back for revenge. Milford has a large entrance ready for the game, huge red fireworks shooting from their entrance.
West Clermont got a head start fast though. Leaving the game at 20 to 3 at half time, having a pick six in the second quarter, and a 69 yard touchdown run. After half time Milford scores bringing the game to 20 to 10. The West Clermont student hearts sunk, hoping they don’t come back. Luckily the defense was one bought to keep them from scoring again. WCHS won the game at 20 to 10, being the least closest game against the two there has ever been.
Through out the game West Clermont has 56 totally plays, whole 16 more plays then Milford. They also had 14 first downs and 49 penalty yards all together. We were all a little nervous for West Clermont at the start of the season, However something has happened, and has made that tweak to put them back into shape.
Hurricane Dorian was constantly growing in categories. By the time it hit the Bahamas, it maxed at a category five. It destroyed everything. So many houses were turned to scraps, streets were flooded, and many people were killed. They aren’t sure how many exactly because so many are still unaccounted for. At the moment, it is known that 50 were found dead. However, in the darkness of the destruction, there was a light, a miracle. A dog had survived for weeks in the rubble. He was very malnourished and scared. The poor thing was trapped under a broken air conditioner from a destroyed house in the city of Marsh Harbor. The dog was rushed to their rescue center for life saving treatment.
A rescue team by the name of “Big Dog Ranch Rescue”, a dog rescue based out of Florida came to the dogs need. He was saved in the scraps of what used to be the town of Marsh Harbors. They later named the dog Miracle, because he truly is one. They’re trying to find Miracle’s owner, but, if they can’t, they will find the best possible home for him.
The day before homecoming West Clermont always had a massive pep rally. We have games and competitions between all the grade, and we get very, very competitive.
This year’s games included, tug of war, dance battles, and the main attraction jousting.
Jousting was where the students were put to the test of balance.The school brought in a massive blow up ring with a wobbly lifted center, the players goal was to stay standing on the center as long as possible while they attempt to knock each other up with big blow up sticks.
The winners of the games ended up being the sophomores, winning both the tug of war and dance battle.
Every year it is a struggle for every high school girl to find the perfect homecoming dress and eventually prom dress. You only get 4 homecomings in your entire life so you want them to be the way you dreamed them to be. Here are my tips to finding the perfect dress for you to make the homecoming look of your dreams a reality: