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“13 Reasons Why” Premiers on Netflix Receiving Mixed Reviews

by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

The new TV series “13 reasons why” was recently released on Netflix, and has swept the nation into a trance. “13 reasons why” delivers a strong message about bullying, suicide and the struggles of high school. Adapted from the novel by Jay Asher,13 reasons raised further speculation in schools, and left many kids thinking about the way they act in school.
“13 reasons why” is what you could call a typical high school soap opera, but in reality, it is so much more than that. High school student, Hannah Baker, seemed to have an amazing life that nobody expected her to end. However, little did they know, she was truly unhappy. The story follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life. One day, Clay finds a tapped up box addressed to him on his doorstep. He opens it, and finds thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why Hannah Baker ended her life, and that if you were the one listening, you were one of the reasons.
Rated mature on Netflix, 13 reasons why is a subject raise in our society today, Both the district of Tahoma and Auburn released statements on the subjects relayed in the show, and are suggesting parents keep a tighter watch on what they are letting their kids watch, the following is a message from TAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT 409,
Dear Tahoma Family:
“We want to share information with you about a TV program that is creating a lot of conversation, and some concern, around the country because of its focus on teen suicide. The show is on Netflix and is called “13 Reasons Why.” The show is based on a young-adult novel of the same name whose main character, Hannah Baker, 17, takes her own life but leaves behind 13 audio recordings for people who she claims contributed to her death. The story is graphic and compelling, which is why we are reaching out so that families are aware. The school district is not taking a position about whether the program is appropriate for viewing by teens. However, we want you to know that there is considerable discussion among mental-health professionals about the show’s impact and how it can be processed.”
Kids as young as 13-14 years old should not be exposed to, whether it is the book, or the TV show. The subjects and topics, as dark as they seem, are truly a big part of our society today.
What people should learn from the story is how much every little thing you say to someone matters. Each tape you listen too tells of what Hannah experiences daily on a regular basis, and it sickens many to think that these things could ever happen, but they do, and it is under our noses. Many can safely say that they don’t think their school is that way because they have neither experienced or witnessed many events in the show, but back to what was stated before, you never know what is going on in someone else’s life.

School End Date Adjustments Destroy Schedules


by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

It is official; our 2017 school year has been extended from June 22 to June 27—two school days longer with a weekend to fill the gap. I would much rather have longer summer than have days continuously subtracted, as I am sure many students can agree.
For me, the extended school year not only affects my mental state, but also my vacations. I have to sit through an extra two days of school, and miss my flight. For athletes with competitions and kids who have already made plans for their summer, the effects of this adjustment are harmful.
Many may wonder where these extra days came from, and the answer is in week of Feb. 6 to 9 when we had no school, due to snow. The school district gave us three whole days off during a couple of snowy days.
The first day off was understandable, but the more days they took off, the longer our school year became. If we had taken late start, or even just tried to go to school, we would not be in this situation. The roads were not even that bad on the last days—, my mom even drove my friend and I to the mall and back without any problem.
Now compared to most other schools in the country, we get out very late in the month of June with the average school days. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average secondary school has about 183.3 days in their school year, but regionally we have the highest amount of school days compared to the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Coming to a total of 182.2 days per year. I thought the best solution would be not giving us mid-winter break and going to school that week to have our school year stay on schedule.
Athletes, like myself have big tournaments towards the end of school. As a club athlete, I travel around the country to play in national tournaments. Many kids are club athletes have these types of tournaments. But this year because of the extended school year, I am unable to attend one.
Since the school year was extended the extra two days, that means that finals will be pushed as well. I cannot leave and miss my final exams of freshman year. My coach who is a teacher at Kentwood cannot leave; she has to give her final to her students. Therefore, we may not even go at all because they decided to give us that extra day off.
The school district should look at the calendar and realize that the district has only one whole month of summer , we are just adding pointless days to the end of our year over time. It is affecting our finals, athletes, summer, and even their work schedule.

The Best Chocolate Chip Recipe


by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

1 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon backing soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of butter (room temperature)
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla
One large egg
1-cup chocolate chips (Dark, semi-sweet, or milk) suggested: milk + semi-sweet
⦁ Mix all dry ingredients except sugar.
⦁ Mix in the butter, sugar and vanilla into the dry mix.
⦁ Add egg to the dry mix.
⦁ Beat slowly to incorporate, blend well.
⦁ Stir in chocolate chips.
⦁ Drop 2 tablespoon potions about 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
⦁ Bake @ 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes
⦁ Cookies will be pale in center.
⦁ Let cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to rack.
This recipe is by Sunset Magazine, is probably one of the best cookie recipes. It makes about 18 cookies and after you make them, you can put them in the freezer and they will last for about 2-3 weeks. The simplicity of it is nice as well, It does not take too long so if you need any last minute desert plans these cookies are the answer. Switching up the combination of chocolate chips is good too. The combo of both semi-sweet and dark is good, but for milk chocolate lovers, adding all three types is great!

What Happened Behind the Scenes of “Moonlight” and “La La Land” Best Picture Mix-up


by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

What most thought was just a joke really turned into one of the biggest mistakes in Oscar History. Before the crazed event that ended the night with a bang, many actors and filmmakers went home with big wins. Some of the following awards include, Directing: Damien Chazelle, La La Land, Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land, Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea, Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea, Best Original Song: “City of Stars” – La La Land
And last but not least, Best Picture: La La Land, or so we thought. Warren Beatty, who, along with Faye Dunaway, presented the final award of the night. Mr. Beatty opened the envelope and, after some hesitation and confusion handed it to Ms. Dunaway. She said “La La Land!” The La La land team rushed to the stage as the crowd applause erupted from the theater. They began their long thankful speeches when suddenly a stagehand passes in the background. He pushes through the team to Beatty and whispers to him and gestures to the envelope Beatty read. The faces of the La La Land cast suddenly look sickened. Commotion on the stage now had everyone muttering. In an interview from the New York Times, La La land producer Jordan Horowitz recalls the experience, “I’m holding the envelope and the award, and I had just given my speech, and there are people on the stage with headsets and I thought, ‘That doesn’t seem right,’” Horowitz said. Horowitz then heard and understood what was going on… “I’m sorry no…there’s a mistake…moonlight, you guys won best picture! This is not a joke I’m afraid they read the wrong thing…” Horowitz holds up the envelope to the camera and sets things straight, Moonlight wins best picture.
The cause of the misread was not Beatty and Dunaway, but instead behind the scenes, a man named Brian Cullinan. “It’s one of Hollywood’s most secretive and unusual jobs; Brian Cullinan, a partner at the accounting firm PwC, and a colleague are tasked with making sure the statuettes at the annual Academy Awards are correctly distributed. He stands in the wings of the Dolby Theater here in a tuxedo and pulls sealed envelopes out of a briefcase, giving the correct one to presenters as they walk onto the stage.”
Exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the mistaken announcement was still being sorted out on Monday, but Cullinan admitted and explained how the events played out. He was distracted by his Twitter feed when he handed Mr. Beatty an envelope containing the name of the best actress winner, an award that had already been given to Ms. Stone of “La La Land” moments ago. The next seven humiliating minutes would find Ms. Dunaway blurting out the wrong best picture winner. At the climactic moment backstage, a crewmember shouted “Oh my God” as the excited producers of “La La Land” thanked their families. “He got the wrong envelope!” “He” was Warren Beatty, who, along with Faye Dunaway, had no idea they were given the wrong card, Beatty explained after the event that the reason he hesitated before announcing the winner was because he recognized that the card didn’t seem right, it had Emma stone’s name written across the top. It took minutes to fix the error because they had to contact so many people and producers to confirm the mistake. They rushed on stage, and confirmed the mistake live during the show, the audience gasping, surprised, as the “La La Land” producers gracefully made way for the “Moonlight” team. According to the New York Times, “In an epic bungle before 33 million viewers—one that could get his company fired as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ accountant after 83 years and which robbed “Moonlight,” an all-black, gay-themed film, of its proper moment of celebration.” Mr. Cullinan caused the show-business musical “La La Land” to be mistakenly named best picture at the 89th Academy Awards.

Tennis Team Eager to Begin Spring Season

by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

As a start to an upcoming spring, our girl’s tennis team began their first practice. They are very excited and eager to start the season. Varsity players Hallie Fredricks and Amber Smith explain what their favorite part of tennis is, “I like practicing in the snow,” Fredricks said, and a teammate she wanted to recognize as a great addition to the team is Amy Bender. Smith said, “My favorite part of tennis is seeing my teammate’s every day.” She wants to recognize Emily Kruse as another great addition to the team. According to, Andre Agassi, a retired professional tennis player talks about the experiences he has had in tennis, “In tennis you’re on an island. Of all the games men and women play, tennis is the closest to solitary confinement,” Agassi says in his autobiography, “Open”. Tennis is acknowledgeable as one of the most difficult sports, grabbing hold of both the body and the mind. The game is mental, but players also must communicate with a partner when playing doubles. Athletes not only experience the team aspect of tennis, but the personal side as well, players work to push themselves and exceed physical limitations. Coach Bonnie Lew explains why people should join tennis, “its fun, and you’re active, and a lot of students have never played tennis before, and so it’s a good starting point where they can get active. They can also try a sport they have never tried before, like Tennis, because there are no cuts.” Another professional Tennis player Rafael Nadal describes tennis in his eyes, “A match is like “self-hypnosis,” where players disguise their weaknesses from their opponents and even from themselves.” This year the varsity team has about 12 freshman and 4 returning letter winners playing varsity this year. The student athletes are already training hard. Coach Berry Fredricks, explains what he is looking forward to most this season, “I enjoy teaching new skills and watching them improve over the season. People should join tennis to learn a life skill and have an opportunity for high level competition.” Come watch these hardworking athletes at their 1st match against Hazen High school, at Kentlake, March 15.

New Kentlake App Helps Keep Students Involved


by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

Created by the fairly new company A+ apps, locals and longtime friends, Mark Zhuk, Andrew Petrik, and Julian Tsvan wanted to share their vision, “to bring innovation into schools.”
Mark and Andrew graduated from Auburn Mountainview and Julian graduated from Kentlake.
Last January, the friends teamed up and formed a company with the intent to provide custom mobile apps for schools, Petrik said, “We truly believe that engaged students are growing students.” The number one thing that they consider when building the apps for schools is where the attention of the student body is. They ask questions such as, “How can we bring them value and save them time?”
They also take into account the school brand in the design. “It’s important for us to communicate that you are downloading the Kentlake app, not just an A+ app that contains multiple schools.” Said Petrik.
The app will improve high school, Petrik said, “We like to use the analogy that our app is like a gym membership, you have to use it for the improvement to happen. As we move forward with implementing the KLHS app, there are many areas that we can improve in the school.”
The app includes features that inform students of everything happening around school. There is a calendar that has dates on the upcoming events, students can receive notifications, and one of the most popular features is the social media feature of the app. Students can post and share pictures on the app of anything going on at school and also access the KL Facebook and Twitter pages.
Principal Dr. Joe Potts is excited about the new app and the impact it will have on our school. He believes it will improve our school, “I think the better we communicate with our student population about the activities and events and opportunities in Kentlake, it will help them immensely…and so the better we communicate effectively and efficiently the better off everyone is going to be.”
The “student” section in the app provides information about the culminating project, college, and running start. The app leads students to Naviance and connects them to information regarding after post high school experiences.
Sports and Drama news can be accessed as well where students can find photos, register for events, and look at scores.
ASB President, Tyson Wanger explains what sparked the idea of creating an app for our school, and why students should download the app, “A lot of people especially running start students get caught up in their school work and sometimes forget about school activities, So when trying to promote school spirit, it’s hard to get people involved, so we decided to have A+ app create the school app for us.” Said Tyson. He explained why everyone should download the app, and that the app was created for all falcon families, no matter what type of phone that’s being used, “It’s just more of a way to get people involved and to create a Kentlake community.” Said Tyson.
For any more questions about using the app you can contact: Mark, Andrew, and/or Julian through the A+ apps website .