The Rebellion https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com The Student News Site of Walpole High School Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:22:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Teachers Should Consider Excusing Unannounced Assessments https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76260/opinion/teachers-should-consider-excusing-unannounced-assessments/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76260/opinion/teachers-should-consider-excusing-unannounced-assessments/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:30:44 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76260 Each final term grade consists of many assessments. Often, people seem to look past all the hard work that goes into getting that final number. Countless hours of homework and studying, with pressure from oneself, parents or others adds to it all. There are often days when all a student wants to do is close his or her Chromebook, shove away his or her materials and break a couple of pencils. Taking a day off from homework as a break is completely normal. However, if one is unprepared the next day, he or she must face the consequences of a bad grade, especially if the assessment was unannounced. Pop quizzes are very common at Walpole High School, so teachers should consider excusing the lowest unannounced assessment grade. 

In many classes, teachers hand out unannounced assessments at the beginning or end of class to test the class’s ability to understand the current material. This is a completely fair and totally logical way to get a grasp of which students have retained the information pretty well and which students have not. In some ways, the teacher may also use pop quizzes to figure out what needs to be extended or have more depth in the following lessons. However, pop quizzes are not an accurate depiction of academic strength. 

Teachers should consider excusing the lowest grade that students receive on unannounced assessments that term. Although it will only change the grade a point or two, it could keep someone on high honor or honor roll, or boost student confidence and decrease self doubt. 

Although some students may use this as a cushion to perform poorly without caring because the points may eventually not matter, this is false. The student will only have one unexcused grade, not multiple, so this will decrease laziness and boost motivation. 

Smaller assignments that come without warning are not proof that the student does not know the material, especially if they demonstrate they know the content by scoring high on an announced quiz or test later. However, many students get quickly discouraged if the grade they see in X2 is not reflecting the amount of effort and work they are putting in. It is easy to get into the mindset that one’s grade is not going to change because the first grade, usually an unannounced assignment, is low. Just because a student has one off day in a term of roughly 45, it should not be a reflection of a student’s abilities in the longer term. Students may find that excusing the lowest grade would bring them peace and help them work harder the next time around. 

Teachers should be encouraged to excuse the lowest grade unannounced assignment or pop quiz, reinstating student confidence at the end of the term.

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“The Bachelor” Week 6 Recap: Peter Picks a Final Four https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76259/entertainment/the-bachelor-week-6-recap-peter-picks-a-final-four/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76259/entertainment/the-bachelor-week-6-recap-peter-picks-a-final-four/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:00:31 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76259 With only six women remaining, Peter and his “ladies” head to Peru to narrow down a final four and figure out who will be advancing to hometowns—a series of dates in which Peter visits each of the women’s hometowns and meets their families. This episode begins with a call between Peter and his mother in which she advises her son to follow his heart. Peter rants to her about his concerns on falling for someone who is not yet ready for marriage (as if he is). Peter visits the girls to tell them they should make sure they know what they want and leaves dateless.

The first date card finally arrives and Madison is chosen for a one-on-one. Peter and Madison meet in Pucusana where they go for a stroll on the beach and attempt at fishing. Later, Madison reveals that she sees a future with Peter, and he says he sees her as a best friend who he “could also fall in love with.” In the evening, Madison discloses that she doesn’t want to marry a man who doesn’t value God. Peter is inspired by her faith and tells her that although it isn’t a huge priority in his life right now, Christianity is important to him. Unsurprisingly, Madison secures a hometown date and leaves the date with a rose. 

Back at the hotel, the girls find another date card and are astonished to see that Natasha is finally getting a one-on-one date with Peter. The two meet at the Plaza de Armas to further explore Peru. Typical to most one-on-one dates, the couple finds themselves dancing in the city with locals. Then, Peter urges Natasha to try his favorite dessert— arroz con leche—which she obviously does not enjoy as much as him. Finally, they make it to the dinner portion of the date, and Peter gushes about how honest and bold Natasha has been, but the chemistry between the two is not as apparent as the chemistry Peter has with the other girls. Peter decides to be honest and confesses that he only sees a friendship with Natasha, so they say goodbye and Natasha leaves. 

The last one-on-one goes to Kelsey, who meets Peter in the countryside of Pachacamac. Peter and Kelsey take in the rolling hills on ATVs and then recline on the grass, where Peter asks Kelsey to describe her ideal marriage. Kelsey offers a rather unconventional answer: that she would like to work a few days, but also be at home to raise kids. It’s nice to see a woman in The Bachelor franchise that doesn’t only see herself as a housewife. Later, the two meet again for dinner and Peter declares that he had a “fun” drama-free day. Kelsey reveals more to Peter about her family and her relationship with her father, which Peter loves and earns her a date rose. 

Finally, Kelley, Hannah Ann and Victoria F. are left for the three-on-one date. On the ride to their date, Kelley begins to talk about how neither Hannah Ann or Victoria F. are ready for marriage. Once they arrive at the date, Peter pulls Hannah Ann to talk, and she spouts out all her emotions to him and reveals how stressed she is. Then, she hands Peter a note in which she has listed all the things she loves about him, including their “mutual dorkiness.” Instead of worrying about her abundance of emotions, none of which are addressed in her list, Peter calls it “the sweetest thing ever.” Cut to the other girls, Kelley is totally relaxed, while Victoria has gone into total panic mode over the thought of being sent home. Next, Peter pulls Kelley aside, and she talks about how much she likes him and how she wants him to meet her family, but Peter seems to think that her lighthearted approach to their relationship means that she doesn’t value him. Of course, Kelley admits that she wants their relationship to be more than just fun, but Peter still seems wary. Finally, Victoria F. gets her turn with Peter. During their conversation, Victoria F. accuses Peter of having a “mood,” which he rebuts by saying that she has given him reasons to doubt their relationship. Per usual, Victoria F. cries about how hard their journey has been for her, and of course, Peter falls for her crocodile tears and gives her yet another chance. With this, Peter offers Victoria F. a rose, which she accepts. Peter then gives his final rose to Hannah Ann—who for some inexplicable reason is now sobbing—and, of course, she accepts. 

In short, Peter always gives a rose to the girls who cry. Despite being the only reasonable contestant, Kelley’s lack of tears is not enough for Peter, so she is sent home. Kelley keeps her composure as she says goodbye to Peter, but the moment she enters the SUV, she does not hold back. She bitterly calls the final four “little babies” and says that “they don’t really know who they are.” With one last blow, Kelley thanks Peter for “not coming and meeting [her] family.” 

After a relatively drama-free episode, Victoria F., Madison, Kelsey and Hannah Ann all toast with Peter to their positions as the final four. 

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Taylor Swift Opens up About Life Under the Spotlight in Hit Film “Miss Americana” https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76247/entertainment/taylor-swift-opens-up-about-life-under-the-spotlight-in-hit-film-miss-americana/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76247/entertainment/taylor-swift-opens-up-about-life-under-the-spotlight-in-hit-film-miss-americana/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:08:07 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76247 Since releasing her first album at the age of 16, Taylor Swift has become a cultural icon for her music, fashion, feuds and personality. “Miss Americana” was released on Netflix on Jan. 31, and since then has attracted the attention of thousands—if not millions—of Swift fans. The documentary was directed by Lana Wilson and features Swift, her parents, colleagues and cats. Swift opens up about life under the spotlight, the rises and falls of her career and her personal growth in one captivating and heartfelt documentary.

Swift’s storytelling in her lyrics has attracted fans for years, and her candidness is highlighted in “Miss Americana” to a new extent. The documentary opens with Swift speaking directly to the viewers while looking through old songbooks and playing with her cats—the lovable Swift content that fans have come to expect. Similar to her newest music video “Christmas Tree Farm,” Swift highlights footage from home videos. Swift also opens up for the first time about her struggles with body image and dieting after continuous pressure from media, demonstrating her true ability to connect to the struggles that so many people face every day. By describing everything that she has gone through, Swift is able to highlight her own personal growth and development, as she has had to take a serious look at her own morals, character and actions in the past few years.

Wilson formed an intimate relationship with Swift in order to allow fans a glimpse into her songwriting process, her relationship with her parents and her honest feelings about an issue. In one scene, Swift works with Panic! At the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie in their recording of hit song “Me!” and in another scene, Swift’s mother tells Swift about her experience in chemotherapy.

Swift also speaks candidly about her experiences in her sexual assault trial in 2017 and how that inspired her to use her platform as a celebrity to make a difference in the world both politically and culturally. “Miss Americana” shows Swift’s impact in the 2018 midterm election, and Swift’s genuine connection and devotion to politics. More recently, Swift has advcated for LGBTQ rights in her song “You Need to Calm Down” and her support for the Equality Act, which was able to be officially recognized by Congress in part due to her rallying support for a petition.

Swift recognizes the way many fans feel that they essentially grew up with her because of her long and dynamic music career. Swift herself admits that nearing thirty, she has grown up of her own to do. Fans are reminded why they fell in love with Swift years ago while experiencing Swift’s emotional journey when watching “Miss Americana.”

In 2007, Swift was nominated for her first Grammy for Best New Artist, and since then has won 10 Grammy awards and been nominated for 35. Swift has been nominated for three Golden Globes, won many VMAs, AMAs and other various awards, making her career one of the most notable in music history.

Arguably one of the most surprising twists in “Miss Americana” was Swift’s release of a new single “Only the Young,” a self proclaimed anthem for youth who create change in society, and a nod to political events and cultural changes. Swift’s willingness to admit the mistakes she has made in the past, such as how she would focus solely on appearing as a “good girl” at the start of her career and her failure to stand up for what was right, only cause fans to adore her even more.

With a career as long, controversial and famous as Swift’s, it is difficult to fit in her entire narrative into a 85 minute movie; however, some fans were disappointed with the lack of acknowledgement of Swift’s latest battle with her producer after issues regarding the rights to Taylor’s music.

Swift’s latest album “Lover” highlights her personal growth as demonstrated in the film, and the film as a whole also provides new meaning to each and every song written by her. Swift is going on tour for “Lover,” but has only announced three locations in the United States: Atlanta, Los Angeles and Foxborough. Despite the future of her career being unknown, Swift assures fans of her genuine commitment to herself, her fans and music in the filmatic phenomenon that is “Miss Americana.”

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Boys’ Basketball Falls to Natick https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76241/sports/boys-basketball-falls-to-natick/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76241/sports/boys-basketball-falls-to-natick/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 16:21:05 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76241 On Feb. 4, the boys’ basketball team fell to Natick at their home court 71-44. After a one point win against Framingham on Feb. 2, the boys hoped to keep up the momentum and pick up their third win. Walpole fought hard, but Natick’s strong offense was a tough match up. Junior captain Jack Connell sat out due to sickness. 

“I think the team played with great effort and energy, and we just did not focus on the details,” Connell said.

Starting off the game, Natick scored the first 10 points of the game, causing Walpole to call a timeout with five minutes left in the first quarter. They hoped to make some changes and come back out strong. However, they were only able to bring the score to 23-7, with Natick leading by the end of the quarter.

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Pat Flynn looks for a pass.

In the second quarter, they were called for many defensive and offensive fouls, giving Natick many opportunities to score off of free throws and turnovers. This advantage gave Natick a 44-18 lead going into halftime. At this point they were aware of their mistakes and what they needed to do to improve in the future.

“Something we definitely need to work on is our defense and communication with each other,” junior Haidar Faraj said.

In the second half, the boys had good momentum going into the fourth quarter outscoring Natick 16-9; however, they still ended with a tough 71-44 loss against Natick.

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Ryan King throws an inbound pass.

“We played hard throughout the entire game even when our shots weren’t falling in the first half,” junior Brian Malone said. “We started to get more comfortable in the second half, but it was too late.”

Learning from this game, they hope to improve defensively in order to prevent their opponents from gaining leads early on. Despite this loss, the team still stays positive for the remainder of their season, their main focus is making tournament and finishing their season strong.

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Selena Gomez’s “Rare” Advocates for Self Love and Empowerment https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76230/entertainment/selena-gomezs-rare-advocates-for-self-love-and-empowerment/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76230/entertainment/selena-gomezs-rare-advocates-for-self-love-and-empowerment/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:15:52 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76230 In the five year hiatus following her last album, “Revival” (2015), Selena Gomez proves to have obtained a glowing sense of confidence, which is very present in her work. Her latest album to date, provides a refreshing lyricism while advocating for self worth and positive mental health. On Jan. 10, Gomez released her third studio album, “Rare,” which quickly knocked off Roddy Rich’s “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” from the top spot on the Billboard charts. Gomez’s smooth pop album delves into themes of heartbreak, resilience and female empowerment, making “Rare” quite popular among fans and critics.

During her hiatus, Gomez has been involved in two public relationships, battled with mental health and underwent a kidney transplant, as she suffers from Lupus. The life experience she obtained during her break from music resulted in a strong, feel-good album that is ideal for anyone who is going through something and is trying to come out stronger. In an interview with NPR on the release, Gomez stressed her album is based on her belief that it is “dangerous to stay in a victim mentality.” “Rare” is all about self love and overcoming life’s obstacles. 

Gomez released her first single “Lose You To Love Me” on Oct. 23 and the reaction from fans was overwhelmingly positive. It was widely speculated among listeners that Gomez’s heart-wrenching verses were inspired by her very public relationship with ex boyfriend, Justin Bieber, as “Lose You To Love Me” is a strong ballad about finding oneself by leaving toxic people in the past. The intimacy displayed by Gomez on this track makes it a highly-regarded fan favorite and arguably the most notable track on the album. 

“Rare” has many touching ballads including the song of which the album is named, “Rare” and many impressive features including Kid Cudi and 6LACK. However, “Rare” is not confined to solemn tracks as “Look At Her Now” and “Dance Again” are strong, electrifying songs that bring a more upbeat tone to the album. When listening to the album in full, “Rare” explores a rollercoaster of emotions from heartbreak to moving on. In contrast to her previous works, this album definitely has a more lyrical aspect that reflects her struggles and her comeback from them that makes for a cohesive album.

 

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“Marriage Story” Explores The Unfortunate Reality of Going Through a Divorce https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76187/entertainment/marriage-story-the-unfortunate-reality-of-going-through-a-divorce/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76187/entertainment/marriage-story-the-unfortunate-reality-of-going-through-a-divorce/#respond Sat, 08 Feb 2020 13:00:59 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76187 Unlike many films or shows that contain divorce and struggling relationships, “Marriage Story” accurately reveals the raw and tragic complexity that comes along with divorcing your spouse, especially when there is a child involved. Released to theaters on Nov. 6, 2019, this film later became available on Netflix on Dec. 6, 2019, and went on to gross about $2.3 million world wide. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson brilliantly bring Noah Baumbach’s—director and writer—portrayal of divorce to the big screen through the characters of Charlie (Driver) and Nicole (Johansson) Barber who desperately attempt to remain friends and win their son’s attention whilst going through this difficult time. Driver and Johansson’s incredible acting, along with Baumbach’s unique direction, makes this movie heart-breaking, but keeps all viewers on the edge of their seats, trying to predict how this story may end.

In the opening scene, Nicole and Charlie are painted as the perfect couple and are shown going through daily life married in New York, while each voices over the reason why they love their spouse. However, viewers quickly find that the two are getting a divorce due to the numerous flaws in their relationship. Although she acted in her husband’s theater shows for years in New York, Nicole finds herself moving to Los Angeles in order to start a TV show, taking her son Henry (Azhy Robertson) with her. Charlie, shocked with the idea of divorce, wants to keep the family in their original city, as he is a stage director in the midst of taking his show to broadway. With both characters on opposite sides of the country, this coast-to-coast divorce immediately makes the situation more complex and difficult to endure.

Nicole immediately finds a lawyer, played by Laura Dern, and expresses that she and Charlie both want the divorce to be as easy and painless as possible. This wish, however, becomes unattainable, as eventually both Charlie and Nicole’s lawyers go head-to-head in a courtroom, exposing each others clients for being poor parents and bad spouses while requesting extreme demands. 

With this once polite divorce being turned into a competition, Charlie and Nicole struggle to keep their friendship. Although they wanted to keep things simple and easy-going, the two begin pointlessly fighting due to the stress that the divorce is bringing both of them. Eventually, the exes both realize how they have been pitted against each other by their own lawyers and find that neither of them want to ruin the other’s life. 

The unfortunate and realistic ending reveals that in a divorce there is no one solution that can make everyone content; however, Charlie and Nicole are able to overcome the struggles they faced and remain friends while keeping their son happy. Although it may seem unsatisfying, it rightfully shows how the lingering feelings of love, perhaps not romantic, for the other person are still present even after this difficult event in their lives.

Instead of favoring Charlie or Nicole, Baumbach shows both characters as lovable and extremely amicable, making it nearly impossible to choose a side in the divorce. Depicting them in an unbiased way and showing both perspectives allows the viewers to sympathize for both parents, revealing that there is no one person in this situation to blame, like many divorces outside of the movie. 

The acting in this film has received positive feedback from many critics as well as the Academy. For the Golden Globes, Driver and Johansson were both nominated for Actor and Actress in a Drama Motion Picture, while Dern received Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. In the recent Oscars ceremony, Dern took home the award for Best Supporting Acterss; additionally, Driver was nominated for Best Actor, Johansson for Best Actress and Baumbach for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Ultimately, “Marriage Story” is painful to watch due to the sadness and pain the characters Charlie and Nicole feel while trying to complete their divorce, while still loving each other. Although their lives together do not work out, they were able to remain friends despite the open-ended finale. This film brings awareness to this common situation that many families go through and deserves all the awards that it was nominated for.

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Halsey’s “Manic” Lives Up To Its Title https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76203/entertainment/halseys-manic-album-lives-up-to-its-title/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76203/entertainment/halseys-manic-album-lives-up-to-its-title/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:39:12 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76203 On Jan. 17, Halsey released her third studio album titled “Manic.” The album lacks a definitive genre with undertones of pop-rock, electropop, hip hop and more. Such a nebulous blend of sounds suits Halsey well, as she truly intended for her third album to be nothing less of manic. 

To kick start her album, Halsey released the hit “Without Me” over a year before the entirety of the album was released. “Without Me” climbed the charts to secure the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, which marked Halsey’s first number-one single as a lead artist. Juice WRLD, a rapper who recently passed away, collaborated with Halsey on a remix of “Without Me” to further popularize her newest hit at the time. Mirroring Taylor Swift’s trademark of embedding messages in her music videos, Halsey also alluded to her new album in a music video for her song, “Nightmare,”  in which she reads a newspaper with the word “MANIC” glaring at viewers.

The tone of “Manic” began to manifest as Halsey staggered the release of five more singles: “Graveyard,” “clementine,” “Finally // beautiful stranger,” “SUGA’s Interlude” and “you should be sad.” “Graveyard” is anomalous to the remainder of her album as it zeroes in on her desperation to be a part of another person’s life, whereas Halsey’s other songs focus on her own worldview and a discovery of self-worth. Similarly, “clementine”—which was released only about two weeks after “Graveyard”—also hints at Halsey’s dependence on others, despite her envisionment of a place where she is seven feet tall. Peculiarly, “SUGA’s Interlude” delves into the intangibly complex notions of pride and confidence, which would be unclear to most listeners considering that parts of the song are sung in Korean. Of these singles, “you should be sad” is the anthem that listeners will find themselves singing all day long. Rumors are swirling about the song being about Halsey’s ex-boyfriend, G-Eazy, to whom she—allegedly—gives a final goodbye and disparages him for attempting to heal his heart with “money, drugs and cars.” 

The first track on “Manic” is “Ashley,” which seems to be a song of self-appreciation as Halsey’s real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. With electronic dance music throughout, this song feeds well into the manic theme that Halsey intended to cultivate throughout her album. Eerily, Halsey sings about wanting to be more than a girl in America fighting the world’s hysteria and, evocatively, deems the heart to be a muscle that is not strong enough to carry the weight of her choices. The album has many instances of poetically spoken words; yet, the closing of “Ashley” is most thought-provoking as Halsey yearns to be more than a concept to others.

The eighth track, “3am,” radiates Avril Lavigne vibes as Halsey vents about her angst regarding the loneliness in the early hours of the morning during which she has no one to rely on. Closing out the album, “Still Learning” and “929” adopt a more optimistic tone that contrasts with the pain that Halsey expresses in “3am” and “you should be sad.” Track 14,“Still Learning,” heartwarmingly delineates Halsey’s character progression as she concedes that she—as a human—has regrets, but notes that she is embarking on loving herself. Finally, “929” immediately marks its significance by illuminating that Halsey was born on Sept. 29 and outlines her life’s journey via whimsical sounds and personal anecdotes. 

“Manic” has a lot to offer in terms of diversity of music and poignant meanings behind the lyrics. As a young and relatively new artist, Halsey certainly has much more in store for her fans in the future. However, for now, “Manic” will satisfy—if not pleasantly surprise—listeners with ethereal undertones that suit Halsey’s intergalactic album cover.

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Olympics Should Have an Age Minimum to Limit Unhealthy Injuries, Pressure and Obsessions https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76183/opinion/olympics-should-have-an-age-minimum-to-limit-unhealthy-injuries-pressure-and-obsessions/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76183/opinion/olympics-should-have-an-age-minimum-to-limit-unhealthy-injuries-pressure-and-obsessions/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:00:10 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76183 The Olympics are considered the most prestigious global sporting event in history, dating back to ancient Greek and Roman culture. While requiring lifelong dedication, complete devotion to one sport and sacrificing one’s entire childhood, competing in the Olympics is a serious career which should have a minimum age in order to allow youth to naturally develop and grow outside the public spotlight. 

Spending countless hours in the gym per week accelerates the decay of one’s body and increases the likelihood of a serious physical injury, and Olympic hopefuls begin this rigorous dedication as early as five years old. Despite obvious physical fitness during their prime, Olympians experience momentous withstanding injuries that inhibit them later in life. Additionally, with so much intense training, injuries are likely to be near fatal, which can destroy everything an Olympic hopeful has worked for their entire life. The dream fostered by family, friends, coaches and the athlete themselves can be destroyed in seconds. This can negatively affect the athlete’s life because of a feeling of emptiness after their one passion has been taken away from them. 

Children are natural born explorers in almost every sense—and sports are no different. Youth should not be expected to dedicate their entire future to one sport after showing slight signs of prodigiousness. Instead, they should be encouraged to explore their athletic ability and interests, so that they can grow and develop in a healthy way. While training for the Olympics, many athletes uproot their entire family in order to train at a certain gym or begin homeschooling in order to spend maximum hours training. This dedication is extremely toxic because it is depriving children of many crucial social skills, as well as inhibiting their ability to be a free spirited child and make memories with loved ones. Athletes will also feel trapped in their sport if they lose interest or become burned out after training so much. Young athletes with such intense ambition can also be easily exploited for money—or worse, as exemplified by the sexual assault experienced by many young gymnastics at the hands of team doctor (and pedophile) Larry Nassar. 

Olympians also have extremely unrealistic expectations placed on them at a young age, such as the notion that a 15 year old is expected to beat an athlete who has been training for double the span of the child’s life. If athletes are in the Olympics, they have the pressure of the entire country watching them, giving them a damaged sense of self worth in the event that they let their country down. People who are in the public’s eye are also scrutinized by the media, which can ruin a young person’s life because of toxicity of life in the spotlight. Skater Tonya Harding was involved in a scandal where she took part in injuring a teammate solely for an improved chance of her own victory. 

On the other hand, competing in the Olympics provides a rallying sense of nationalism as well as pride for the hard work of millions of athletes. People see Olympians as role models for their dedication to fitness, and many athletes are inspired by former Olympians. Additionally, due to the obesity epidemic in America, seeing such physically fit athletes onscreen inspires people to improve their own health habits. 

With that being said, the toxic environment created by such intensive sports training should be restricted for young adults ready to take on the challenge—not for vulnerable children. 

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Gallery: AP Artists Showcase Their Work at Art Show https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76212/galleries/gallery-ap-artists-showcase-their-work-at-art-show/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76212/galleries/gallery-ap-artists-showcase-their-work-at-art-show/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 13:30:38 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76212 Gallery: AP Artists Showcase Their Work at Art Show

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Sam Mendes Brings World War I To Theaters in “1917” https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76179/entertainment/sam-mendes-brings-world-war-i-to-theaters-in-1917/ https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/76179/entertainment/sam-mendes-brings-world-war-i-to-theaters-in-1917/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 13:00:29 +0000 https://walpolestudentmedianetwork.com/?p=76179 In the realm of war movies, directors and producers tend to veer towards movies about World War II and other, more recent conflicts. However, director Sam Mendes has presented a film about a much less covered but all too important war: World War I. Mendes’s film “1917” has stunned audiences for its brilliant story, acting and cinematography, and has been nominated for Best Picture for the Academy Awards. 

“1917” takes place in a very specific moment of the war, and is only partly based in fact. Two soldiers, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield (George McKay) must deliver an urgent message to Colonel Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) in order to call off an attack that would end in the loss of thousands of British soldiers. The two soldiers must travel through the treacherous No-Man’s Land and war torn France, encountering both danger and allies along the way. 

The movie appears to be filmed in one shot, giving the appearance of the action happening in real time. The cinematography and directing involved in such a feat is brilliant, and it makes the audience feel as if they are right in the middle of all the action. However, the constant movement of the camera has a dizzying effect during many action scenes, making it hard for viewers to concentrate on what is going on. Despite this, the film is highly immersive, and in the age of streaming, it brings a cinematic experience that is best seen in a theater rather than at home on the couch.

Given the real-time effect, “1917” does a good job keeping the plot simple so that audiences can follow along. However, this often makes the plot move too fast, with the audience still trying to process the previous scene. Because of this, many heavy and serious scenes get lost in the surrounding excitement. Additionally, certain scenes can get bogged down with the introduction of major characters such as high ranking officers, and it can be difficult to remember the names of major characters. However, the straightforward story and constant movement of the plot (however fast) keep viewers engaged and on the edge of their seats. 

In order to give the movie more authenticity, Mendes chose two relatively unknown actors to play the main characters, so as to give the impression that they were two ordinary soldiers. Additionally, Mendes’s choice of Cumberbatch and Colin Firth as head military figures adds to the comparison of the two low ranking characters and their famous leaders. McKay and Chapman are brilliant leads, conveying the stress and fear of the war.

In addition to a Best Picture nomination, “1917” has been nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects, and rightfully so. Mendes’s film brings World War I to the big screen in a unique and extraordinary way, and has started off the 2020 year of movies with a bang. In a legendary feat of storytelling, acting, directing and cinematography, “1917” has taken its place among the best war movies of all time.

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