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Years of Practice Help Morrisson Reach All-State


by Serena Carney – Serena Carney

After playing the trombone for almost 5 years now, Nathan Morrison’s hard work has finally been rewarded.
After playing the trombone for years, Morrisson has proved his talents by qualifying for All State, Morrisson shares what it takes for him to develop his talent and learn new music “I try to practice 5 times a week for at least 30 or 40 minutes” says Morrisson.
Morrisson explained what encourages him and inspired him to play the trombone, “I joined in 6th grade band thinking it looked fun where I got an instructor who encouraged me,” “My personal influences as far as classical music is a lot of Gustavo Holst” said Morrisson. Gustav Holst is a British composer who died in in 1934.
Like many musicians Morrisson did not start out playing the trombone, “My first instrument was piano but once I started playing trombone I stopped using piano” said Morrisson, who no longer plays the piano, focusing on the trombone only.
Morrisson is just one example of why it is important to always keep trying new things and work hard, like Morrisson it may be rewarding.
Students who have an interest in music can learn a lot from Morrisson “Practice a lot, get to know your instrument, sight reading, and learn to use your key, focus on others who play your instrument to see how it should sound,” said Morrisson. “I put school first sports usually come before music but as long as I budget my time wisely it’s not hard.” said Morrisson about how he balances all of his obligations. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes everyone does, “Try not to dwell on them, move on, focus on not making any more” said Morrisson.
Nathan Morrisson is a committed musician, athlete and student who can be used as inspiration for students and beginning musicians. Congratulate Morrisson on his hard work and all state qualification.

SAD Disrupts Mental Functions in People Everywhere

by Serena Carney – Staff Reporter

As the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter, many people begin to experience a change in attitude and mood, this may be due to seasonal depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is most common in the winter months and is caused by a lack of sunlight, it is very important to get as many hours of light as possible during winter. Seasonal depression takes many people victim all over the world.
While the exact cause of SAD is still unknown many studies reveal factors that lead to SAD. Most SAD sufferers have a normal mental health state throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in certain seasons like the winter or summer. Although the majority of people suffer from SAD during the winter months, many people also suffer from SAD during the summer such as regions with shorter nights. People who suffer from depression year round may also struggle with worsening symptoms due to seasonal depression.
Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related primarily to daylight and the amount of vitamins received, not temperature, because of this SAD is common even in places with mild winters, like Seattle and Vancouver. People who live in colder regions are especially likely to feel blue due to the effects of shorter days and lack of vitamin D. SAD begins and ends around the same times every year. The worsening of the condition can be influenced by numerous factors such as the age of patients, their genetic structure, the presence or absence of a mental health condition and the natural chemical makeup of the body.
“A change in season can cause disruption in the balance of Melatonin, a natural hormone, which plays a role in regulating the mood and sleep patterns according to the Mayo Clinic’s research on Seasonal Affective Disorder.”
If seasonal depression is a concern it is important to see a doctor. Treatment for SAD may include light therapy physical therapy antidepressant medicines and talk therapy. In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer, however some people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. Symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses in winter season.

Beyonce shakes America with VMA performance


by Serena Carney – Staff Reporter

Beyoncé absolutely slayed during the 2016 MTV video music awards on Aug 28th by giving an astonishing performance of her new album lemonade, not to mention her beautiful costumes. Still stunning, this 34-year-old singer, dancer and choreographer showed everyone that she still has what it takes to be Queen B.
The performance was extremely powerful, addressing a few large problems effecting the world currently, including police brutality, racism and sexism.
Beyoncé opened up with “Pray You Catch Me,” she portrayed a woman next to her dropping dead. During her beautiful performance, Beyoncé stood in front of someone wearing a hoodie, an important reference to what Treyvon Martin was wearing when he was killed.
What made the performance even more real is the sudden sound of gunshots, making connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Beyoncé’s dancers fell when red lights hit them during the gunshot sounds. The hooded figure, along with Beyoncé’s guest performers, was a powerful reminder of how celebrities can influence others in a positive way especially by spreading awareness of issues.
The performance then transitioned into “Hold Up” and “Sorry” songs that talk about Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z’s, alleged affair, fire was one way Beyoncé showed the world an angry, more ferocious side of herself, sure to leave an impression.
To finish the show Beyoncé ended with her song “Formation” where she had ended her amazing performance surrounded by a number of back up dancers arranged to show the female symbol clearly standing up for women empowerment. Beyoncé uses her fame to often speaks out about many issues such as racial injustice and sexism. The music video for “Formation” is showed using a Black child across from police in riot gear and references to resent shootings.
When Beyoncé finished her performance at the VMAs, she was met by a standing ovation, the only response for such a jaw dropping performance.