The signs at Thanksgiving dinner…
Aries: Instigates political debates at dinner
Taurus: The adult who’s forced to sit at the kids table
Gemini: Cuts everybody in the food line
Cancer: Rambles on emotionally when it's their turn to give thanks
Leo: Shows up dressed as an elf singing Christmas carols
Virgo: Is prepared to eat in their big Thanksgiving pants
Libra: The nosy relative who keeps asking if you have a boyfriend/ girlfriend yet
Scorpio: Refuses to interact with their relatives
Sagittarius: Makes it their personal mission to inhale as much food as possible
Capricorn: Burns the turkey and throws a hissy fit
Aquarius: Is a vegan and lectures everybody that animals have rights
Pisces: Eats all the cool whip, but ironically no pie
The signs as Thanksgiving foods:
Aries: Honey glazed ham
Taurus: Chicken pot pie
Cancer: Apple pie
Libra: Mashed potatoes
Scorpio: Pumpkin pie
Aquarius: Cranberry sauce
Pieces: Cool whip
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Hidden Voices is a program where students from McMahon express the way they feel through art, poetry, and many other ways. Many people may not like to express their feelings to an audience because they have stage fright or think that people will judge them because they have an opinion on certain topics.
Many people have a tough time understanding that they have a chance to make the world a better place by using their voice.
“Using your voice give you the power to show the world how caring you are about what’s going on in the world. When the world is silent you get to speak up for what’s right and show the world how everyone can make a difference in some way,” says Daneesha Dupree (20’).
If your really good at speaking up for things you believe in, you should join Hidden voices because that’s a place where you can not only speak up for what you believe, but speak up for others who can’t really speak up for themselves.
“Hidden Voices has such an amazing team that works incredibly hard to make this magazine relate-able, interesting and fun for the McMahon community. I know that my team feels like a family and a family that continues to grow. Even though this is hard work, we always share lots of laughs and positivity,” says Ms. Stabach.
Hidden Voices is a club where such students are able to expand their creativity, being anonymous to the rest of the school, where later in the year, they publish their own magazine.
“There are so many talented students and the magazine provides a place where their creativity is showcased and shared with the McMahon community. There are two ways to join us. The first way is by joining the team to work on the behind-the scenes editing, design, submission selection and social media presence. The second way to participate is by submitting any type of creative writing or art to email@example.com.” says Ms. Stabach, the Hidden Voices Advisor.
Instagram is a platform where everyone can post as many pictures you'd like whether it would be a picture of you with your friends, family or a casual duck face selfie. Many businesses and celebrities use it to promote their platform and even pay for their account to show up more so they can get more followers. But what does having a bigger following numbers have to do with the average high school student?
“It's important if you wanna produce something of your own and being able to set a scene… I just wanna put out positivity to the world, show people a better side of life,” said Jean-Paul Osinloye (‘19), also known as @Wavyjp_ on instagram.
Kylie Jenner, The highest paid celebrity influencer on instagram, gets paid an estimated $1 million per sponsor post according to the 2018 Instagram Rich List compiled by Hopper HQ, an automated Instagram scheduler. She wouldn't be getting paid as much if she didn't have 119 million followers, because companies wouldn't want to work with someone if their brand isn't being promoted and if the post isn't being seen by millions of people.
Although Jenner is the highest paid influencer per post she isn't the celebrity with the most followers. Cristiano Ronaldo comes on top with the most instagram followers (145 million followers) but gets paid and estimated amount of $750,000 per sponsored post, a little over half of what Jenner makes.
“I've always loved exploring or going out. I can be me, explore… because at home I felt like I was inside a box, not jail but restricted. Told what I was able to do and what not to do, told how to think etc, but when I was out I could be free. I can just be me, no worrying, no stressing, just me doing me. Nature is so relaxing, soothing, helps me cope. It's beautiful, a gift,” said Jalen Mullins (‘19) also known as @WifisJay.
Most high school students use instagram as a platform to be able to express themselves whether that would be posting videos of themselves, playing the piano, singing, or something as simple as a picture they thought they looked good in. Many teens look up to someone others to look for a way in which they can perfect their image and be better than the rest. However it isn't all always about getting to the top of fame, you can see what other people are doing and you can build your “self-brand” based on what you think will work best for you.
“I never look at it in the negative aspect. I take criticism and see what I have to do to fix it,” said Mullins, “I feel like im able to portray or influence others because they might want to do that but they hold back because they are afraid of what people might think. Well I'm here to tell them who cares? Be yourself because at the end of the day no one can step in your shoes and walk a mile.”
Have you ever wondered where many photos of McMahon sports photos come from? Many swimmers and soccer players post photos of themselves competing, but many people don’t know who the photographer is. Nick Chacon ('20) is the man behind the camera who is able to capture the thrill of the moment as it happens, in one picture.
It all started when he stumbled across his father’s 2010 Canon camera back in 2015, when he was just a freshman.
“I became eager to put the camera to use. Once I picked it up, I never put it down," Chacon says.
If you were to look through a portfolio of Chacon’s works, you’d find that all of his photos seem to catch the perfect moment. Many people question how he's able to take the perfect picture at the precise moment.
For someone who does photography purely as a hobby, his work is outstanding. Chacon has taught himself how to perfect his photography through his past photo experiences. His pictures now come more naturally than before.
“It feels satisfying when I capture the shot just how I picture it in my head," he says.
Chacon taught himself to perfect his photography by researching other photographers and their work. He has never taken classes to help him.
“Whenever I liked a photographer's work, I mimicked them and when I thought an effect they used was cool, I’d look up tutorials on how to do them for my own pictures."
Chacon likes many styles of photography, claiming he doesn't want to limit himself to one style. One style he’s been interested in lately is a style called "Light Writing". This type of style has been around for a while but right when he saw it, he instantly had ideas.
Light Writing is a type of photography style where you set the camera's shutter speed for a long time and the aperture lowers so that it looks like a continuous flow of light. The final product resembles a cool chaos of light.
Chacon is also known for taking portraits of people. A lot people ask him for photoshoots, ending with his photos being posted on social media. According to Chacon, there’s more to portraits than just the main person of focus.
“The background has to be interesting, there’s no point in taking a picture of someone if the background is boring.”
Even though Chacon only takes photos for a hobby, his final products are nothing short of talent. A big percentage of the student body here at McMahon have Chacon to thank for their sports photos and portraits. Every year, Chacon continues to fascinate with his work.
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PrideTime Editor & Reporter
Message to Audience
This is our first time trying out a video like this for PrideTime. The purpose of this Mukbang/Advice video was to further our audience and relate to what most of them view on youtube now-a-days. In our first episode, we ended up sounding very awkward in the beginning, and later on, we got more comfortable. Nothing is scripted. Everything talked about was given to us by our followers on Instagram. In this episode, we talked about the struggles of college applications, family, choices, and even relationships (we are obviously not experts in that field.) We had a lot of fun talking about all of this, eating, and even laughing/making jokes. If you have any topics you want us to talk about, comment down below, or contact us through our Instagram: bmhs_pride_time.
As weeks fly by, senior Charlotte Hussey, goes on with her day until a Google Classroom notification pops up on her phone. “Mamma Mia, here we go again…”
After performing in four McMahon productions so far, Hussey was excited to find out that her senior show was going to be Mamma Mia! “Mamma Mia is one of my favorite shows and it has a lot of fun songs. It’s very high energy,” said Hussey.
With “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” being released this past summer, many students both in and out of the music department are excited for the production.
Freshmen, Charlotte Walsh and Kevin Guzman, are both ecstatic to be in their first McMahon production, especially since it’s Mamma Mia!
“My sister did the musicals when she went to McMahon a few years ago. I’ve always loved singing and my family is very musical. They are also a great way to make friends as a freshman,” said Walsh.
Guzman goes on, “I’ve heard so many good things about the musicals. People have told me that it’s an amazing experience and that the directors are really nice.”
However, not all returners believe Mamma Mia! was the best possible choice for a show.
“It misses a lot of opportunities. There is a much smaller pit, less guy roles, and less ensemble numbers. Guys and Dolls would’ve been a better choice,” said junior, Graham Murtha.
Although some are upset with the decision, director Frank Arcari, has many reasons behind his choice.
“Mamma Mia! is a show that has a lot of roles for females, which we have. I also have a lot of new staff, so I wanted to do a show that didn’t require a heavy load from them,” said Arcari.
Besides the drastic change in staff for this year, Mr. Arcari still believes that the cast will be able to pull off this show.
“With the talent we have at McMahon, there is no question that we will be able to pull this off. The Drama Department is the most accurate representation of our school community, whether it be ethnicity, gender identity, or socioeconomic background, we have it all.”
For freshmen and even seniors, it’s never too late to start to audition for the musicals.
Hussey advises, “Don’t be nervous and hesitate to try out because other people think it’s weird. It’s one of the best things I’ve done at McMahon.”
Auditions will be held on November 12, 13, and 14. If you are interested in being involved with any aspect of the musical, join the Google Classroom with the code: sphyzb. If you have any questions about auditions, you can contact Mr. Arcari in room 1080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The college process is really difficult, and could be annoying,” says Mahya Fleurime (‘19). With college deadlines just around the corner, things could get really stressful. So, here are some ways to deal with preparing for college in a nicely manner.
1. Continue visiting colleges: Even though fall is coming to an end, it’s not too late to visit more schools that you might be interested in. This is actually the best time to visit colleges because classes are in session, and you might be able to talk to students or professors.
2. Narrow down your college list: Use information from interviews, college visits, and even online research to decide which schools to apply to. It’s fine to apply to schools that will be more difficult to get into, but it's also important that you have a few safety schools on your list. Naviance is a great source to use for researching schools and making your official college list.
3. Keep on track with your grades and extracurricular activities: Colleges look at what you are doing your senior year, so make sure you stay focused in all of your classes. If you have an activity that you are really interested in, make sure you stay committed and show growth in that one activity because it’ll prepare you for college and show dedication as well.
4. Stay on track with your deadlines: You’ll be filling out a lot of applications, so it’s really important that you stay on top of all deadlines, including admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. Make reminders in your phone a week or two ahead of time so you won’t be surprised when there’s one day left. Also, a helpful tool is to make a spreadsheet which can organize all of your dates.
5. Meet with your guidance counselor: Here at McMahon, we have a lot of counselors that are happy to help you stay on track with admissions requirements. Make sure you give your counselor any necessary forms much earlier than the deadlines, so they’ll have time to send the forms in. Also, make sure that you go to your senior meeting, and if you missed it email your counselor and reschedule it. Counselors are here to help you, so make sure you meet with them regularly and ask them questions!
6. Ask for letters of recommendation ahead of time: Ask the teacher that you would like to write your letter of recommendation two months ahead of time. This will give the teacher enough time because they will most likely have to write more recommendation letters. Make sure to talk about your goals and achievements with your teachers, so that they’ll be more prepared to write about you. It also doesn’t hurt to give the teachers a small present in order to thank them for writing a letter for you.
Winter is right around the corner and you know that means...bundle up! With this confusing climate change, you might not even know what to wear for the appropriate weather. During this time of the year, we all get frustrated when you have to wear a sweater in the morning and a short sleeve shirt in the afternoon. Once winter comes, you know you’ll have to stay warm.
Here are 5 ways to prepare for the cold weather.
1. Always keep an extra sweater or jacket in your locker at school.
We all know the school has heaters, but not all around the school. Keeping an extra sweater or jacket in your locker always comes in handy! All around the school, there are different temperatures. It may feel warm in one classroom, but freezing in another. Although many students don’t know where their locker is, it can be helpful to come in early and find it. You could leave your jacket in your locker, knowing that you could always grab it if you get chilly. Studies show that December through February features the coldest temperatures of the year, so start preparing now!
2. Great time to plan for the summer!
Now is the time to clear out all your summer clothes and make room for sweaters and scarves in your closet. You will feel accomplished and it will also make you feel refreshed for the new upcoming season! During this time, think about where you’d like to travel or maybe look for concerts to go to, so you can buy tickets early. This way, you’ll have something to look forward to! Did you know Ariana Grande tickets for June are on sale right now for very low prices from venues in New York all the way to Pennsylvania? Check them out now!
3. Buy a travel mug for on the go.
Coffee and tea are a must-have to survive the winter season, so why not bring your favorite drink everywhere you go? Find a travel mug that expresses who you are! A great place to look for cheap mugs is at Target or TJ Maxx. Many students like to buy a warm drink before school but think about all the money that you would save if you brought your own mug with any warm drink you’d like. A great way to save money and a great way to save the environment!
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys going out to get coffee or other treats, make sure you check out Cafe Dolce in SoNo! A small, yet cute Italian coffee shop that has just opened up recently. They have the best crepes and coffee at a reasonable price, and it’s also a great place to warm up with some friends!
4. Layer up!
Having warm, cozy layers are a great way to warm up. Pieces like cardigans and lightweight sweaters are great for bundling up! The good thing about the winter is that you can layer up as much as you want to keep warm. Find a new style with all of your winter clothes! Be creative and don’t be afraid of layering up in different items, as long as you are warm and comfortable. Choose to layer with scarves, trench coats, and dusters, the opportunities are endless! Tip: If you, a family member, or a friend is in need of a coat, call 211 to be provided with more information.
5. Always have a pair of boots ready.
This season is all about styling boots with any outfit. Once the snow starts coming, you’ll want to wear warm boots with fuzzy socks! Choosing a safe pair of shoes for the winter is important because not every shoe is made for the snow. It’s always safe to have a pair of boots near your door just in case! Many students drive and you never know when you’ll have to go plow snow off your driveway before heading out. Buy a new pair at L.L Bean, they are great for the snow!
Be safe and prepared for this winter! Hope these essentials and tips work for you. Start now to be prepared, the holiday season is on its way!
You are sleeping in your bed, having a crazy wild dream that you will later tell your friends. Suddenly, you are awakened by an obnoxious sound in the distance… what is it? You finally realize that it’s your alarm clock. That sound that triggers you every time it goes off because you know it’s time to get ready for school.
Having to wake up at the crack of dawn is very difficult for students to do. When asked what the hardest thing about getting out of bed is, McMahon student Valeria Chavez (19’) said: “The hardest thing is getting out of your warm, cozy bed especially with the colder weather and knowing that you have a lot of things to do during the day.”
So, how can we make this process of waking up a little bit easier for students at McMahon?
Here are some tips and tricks to be able to ‘Rise and Shine’ easily every day:
Put your alarm clock across the room:
Unfortunately, alarm clocks don’t always work. Some students are heavy sleepers and don’t even hear the alarm go off in the morning. Placing your alarm clock somewhere across your room will force you to get out of bed to shut that ugly sound off. This will make you awake and hopefully not tempt you to go back to bed!
Drink a cup of water when waking up to awaken your mind:
After having your beauty sleep, you might be feeling dehydrated from not having any water the whole night. Drinking a full glass of water before doing anything else in the morning will make you more alert and aware of your surroundings. This will make you feel fresh and ready to start your day. Plus, nothing is better than waking up to the sensation of cold water running down your system!
Have something exciting to look forward to in the day:
The night before, you should try to think of something exciting you will do the next day. This will make you feel happier when you wake up the next morning. A good way to express your feelings is through journals, this allows you to distress and feels relaxed. Keep a journal or something you can write on on your nightstand and set your goals for the day or a list of things to do throughout the day. This will make you feel more productive and make you more organized. You can get cute journals for a good price at places like staples or even Walmart, this will motivate you to start writing more.
Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep:
Let’s be honest, Senators don’t get much sleep with all the homework they get. However, if you organize yourself well and start doing work earlier, you can achieve those eight hours of sleep. This is not only good for your physical health but your mental health. Try to avoid any type of electronics 1-2 hours before you sleep, the bright light from your devices tricks your mind into thinking that it is still daytime. This makes it harder for you to fall asleep.
Whatever you do, DO NOT hit the snooze button on your alarm clock or phone:
By pressing the snooze button every time your alarm goes off, it makes you later to the places you are trying to get to. You are also increasing your chances of oversleeping and missing important classes from that day. If you follow these tips, your body will get accustomed to the routine and you won’t have as much trouble waking up as before!
Hopefully, these tips and tricks help you in the future, now let’s get to school on time!
I chose these two for artists of the week because I’ve heard two songs from their mixtape on repeat everywhere I go. Those two songs being “Close Friends’ and ‘Drip Too Hard,’ those two being my personal favorites. I enjoy them because the flow of each is kinda slower, oppose to most rappers that tend to go for more fast pace rap. In total, the album is more of a slower mixtape, I do enjoy their album and it is worth listening to. That is if your down to listen to a more slowed down rap album. Other songs worth listening to off the mixtape is ‘Business is Business,’ ‘Off White Vlone,’ and ‘Never Recover.’ All those songs are in collaboration with other great artist like Drake and Lil durk. Overall, I think that anyone who hasn't given this album a try should definitely listen to it.
With the end of the year approaching, movies are being released from left and right. From movies starring the famous Liam Neeson from 'Taken' to John Cena playing Agent Burns in Science Fiction, "Bumblebee." Here are PrideTime's top 5 movies coming out before 2019 creeps in.
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Not everyone around you has the same story. You only really know someone based on what you know from the persona they put on. Even for the kids you think have it the best, might have it the worst. Check out some of your classmates below and get a glimpse of the real them.
Music has been around for many, many, many decades. From rhythmic, upbeat songs to slow, sad songs, we've all been through a time where we've sat and listened to what our emotions led us to. But no matter what played through both ears, music has always been a method of connecting people and society as a whole.
If you're interested in music, then this is the article for you. PrideTime has decided to talk about the top 10 fall hits that teens are listening to right now. If you haven't heard any of these songs, you can check them all out on iTunes, Youtube, Spotify.
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Walking down the halls of Brien McMahon High school after the bell rings you are sure to find someone walking with headphones in their ears. With McMahon being one of the most diverse schools culture wise, you would assume that the students would listen to all different types of music.
But with no surprise, there is a big variety of music being listened to at McMahon. From rap music to classical music, depending on peoples state of mind, whether they are studying or jamming out, music can have a big impact on people's lives, even if you don’t notice it. Rap being one of the most popular genres.
“It inspires me and puts me in a good mindset,” said Andrew Trujillo (‘19). Whether what you're listening to makes you want to jump out of your seat and start jumping and dancing or it makes you relaxed and helps you study and focus, maybe even help you go to sleep. There's music that suits everyone for whatever mood you're in.
Based on a poll where McMahon students voted, “Close Friends” by Lil Baby, had the most votes for favorite song at the moment. A close second was “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes, but since there is so much diversity at this school and so much variety to what people are listening to, why do these two songs stand out? Why does everyone start singing together even if they don’t know each other when these songs come on?
“You get to bond with someone else if you have the same tastes in music. When these songs come on everyone gets jumping no matter if you know the person or not its like you instantly become friends with everyone,” Antonio Hernandez (‘20).
“I can't speak for everyone, but certain music gets some of us hype,” said Donyae Shavers (‘19). Studies have shown that while noise is a stressor to the brain, music that we like will boost our mood, keeping the brain in a more relaxed state that is open to learning, new ideas and greater insight. Which is why it would make sense that Shavers said it makes him hype for his games.
Whether you're walking down the halls or sitting in the library with your headphones in, you may never know if you are listening to the same song as someone else. Who knows, you might even become good friends just by sharing the same interests in music. Next time your at a party the song that comes on might be your favorite. Get up and dance, you might be dancing with people you don't know, but it could possibly help you create a new friend.