**This is review contains MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME. If you have not yet seen the film, you have been warned...**
Avengers: Endgame, perhaps the most anticipated film of all time (with the only competitors for that title likely being Star Wars Episodes I and VII), has finally released in theaters. This three-hour epic, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man., Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Josh Brolin as Thanos and Karen Gillan as Nebula (among a larger, extensive ensemble cast).
Avengers: Endgame has received extremely positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with many praising its concluding nature. Many have lauded it one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), with the film currently holding a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
With such high praise being heaped on Endgame, it is certainly worth examining the film critically. With so much to unpack, I highly suggest giving it multiple viewings, in order to best draw your own conclusions about the movie.
“Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of this gloom”
Endgame’s opening credits (devoid of any of the “snapped” characters from Avengers: Infinity War) feature the 1967 song “Mr. Fantasy” by the British rock band Traffic. The moody song immediately sets a darker and more tragic atmosphere for the movie, as the credits transition to a stranded (and nearly dead) Tony Stark and Nebula aboard the Benatar.
Endgame attempts to balance the darker tone of a post-apocalyptic world with the humor and “one liners” that characterize typical MCU films with varying results. The film’s application of humor is to mixed results - some of the jokes, particularly the ones pertaining to the film’s “time travel” scenes (such as Peter Quill’s dancing from the opening credits of the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, or Captain America fighting a past version of himself during the time of The Avengers ), were used to maximum comedic effect, while others, such as fat Thor, were initially funny but ultimately overplayed and inconsistent with the overall tone.
Despite being the longest film in the MCU, clocking in at 3 hours and 2 minutes, the main problem with Avengers: Endgame is that it is just not long enough. The film has so many storylines to wrap up, whilst still providing adequate character development and a satisfying overall conclusion to the MCU’s first three phases of movies. If it had more time, perhaps characters who did not get a final, definitive redeeming moment in the movie itself - Thor overcoming his obesity, for example, or Drax the Destroyer assisting the Avengers in killing Thanos so as to avenge the deaths of his own family - could have been given satisfying moments.
Personally, I still feel that the film could have better treated the aforementioned characters within the same runtime, through some relatively minor alterations to the battle in the third act. This would mostly entail the replacement of the blatantly and annoyingly overpowered Captain Marvel (Who, for those of you who did not read my review for her solo film, I am not a fan of her portrayal). Perhaps Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers was turned to dust at the end of her own film instead of surviving Infinity War’s “decimation,” or she simply did not arrive as a deus ex machina in the third act - either way works. In my version of the film, Thor, instead of Danvers, would have destroyed Thanos’ ship, the Sanctuary II, as it rained fire on the battlefield. Additionally, instead of Captain Marvel holding the gauntlet and preventing Thanos from snapping, have Drax the Destroyer avenge his family by stopping the killer of his wife and daughter from decimating the universe a second time. All of this would not affect the runtime at all, and provide a far more concluding story for two overlooked characters. (*Disclaimer: I am not a professional screenwriter and I am not that I would be able to write or direct a better film than anyone associated with Endgame’s production*)
Despite the lack of a conclusive arc for Thor, Drax, Star-lord or (arguably) Hulk, Avengers: Endgame is undoubtedly a hero’s film, especially in comparison to Infinity War - a villain's film, told from the perspective of the sympathetic yet misguided Thanos. The two best treated characters in Endgame are Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, which is logical, considering they are the two leads of the MCU (Although this doesn’t mean that the other characters couldn’t have been treated better). Stark concludes his arc that began in 2008’s Iron Man - by sacrificing himself to save the universe, he fulfills Ho Yinsen’s request to him in the 2008 movie - “Don't waste it... don't waste your life, Stark.” Steve Rogers also has a fulfilling storyline in the film. As always, he selflessly fights to save the universe - but at the end of the film, he finally commits a well-earned selfish act: travelling back in time to live out the rest of his life with Peggy. Iron Man and Captain America’s storylines are inverses of each other - Stark starts out as selfish, and ends his life with a selfless act, whereas Rogers starts out as selfless, and retires with a selfish act.
There are other elements of Endgame that deserve praise. Alan Silvestri’s score was truly brilliant, and well deserving of an Oscar win for its sheer genius and callbacks to other MCU films. Acting was also a standout in this movie. In my mind, Robert Downey Jr. should at least be nominated for Best Actor at next year’s Academy Awards, although I highly doubt they would go through with this. His career-saving performance in the MCU is brilliant and deserves formal recognition. Scarlett Johansson, despite only being in about half of the film, also provides a notable performance - as with the rest of the cast.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the decision to kill of Thanos at the start of the movie, although I feel his 2014 version that served as the antagonist of the final act was far less interesting. 2014 Thanos was far-more of a “mustache-twirler” than 2018 Thanos from Infinity War. While 2018 Thanos certainly was egotistical, and like Captain America, self-righteous, he was also extremely easy to sympathize and understand. Thanos held respect for the people he fought against, only killing as a form of revenge or if someone stood in his path. He truly thought that eliminating half the population of the universe was the only way for the universe to be saved, and it was clear that he would never waver from his goal.
In that sense, 2014 Thanos is a far weaker villain, and therefore hurts 2018 Thanos’ portrayal. 2014 Thanos does not respect his opponents, and he easily decides to give up on his goal of eliminating half of the population to simply re-starting the universe. I understand that the stakes had to be raised for Endgame, but that does not mean they had to trample on Thanos’ character. I feel that Thanos is a far more interesting villain if he always was fully committed and sympathetic - not just when he began collecting the Infinity Stones, as demonstrated in Infinity War.
Endgame also leaves behind some concerning questions pertaining to the future of the MCU. The films now must be primarily set in 2023 and beyond, in a post-apocolypitc world that must now support the burden of having double the population that it has had for five years. I fear that future films will not adequately address the questions of the social and political strain of having to rebuild society again, which seemed to be surprisingly functioning well after the 5 year time jump in Endgame (Another nitpick of mine: there are businesses, such as the diner where Hulk is introduced, functioning 5 years after 50% of the world’s population disappeared. In the real world, the economy and governments would collapse, leaving riots and fighting over the overabundant resources). This could easily have been addressed by the Hulk restoring the universe back to 2018 when he used the Infinity Gauntlet to bring back half of the population, and possibly make most of the decimation survivors forget that it even happened. This would have it far easier for society to function in the aftermath of Endgame.
I’ve spent most of this review nitpicking, and for that, I apologize. While not nearly as good as Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame still mostly lives up to the hype (despite several flaws). The callbacks and references to the MCU are enjoyable for die-hard fans, but the film still works on its own. The Russo brothers have done a great deal of good for the Marvel franchise, and while I would have preferred that the MCU ended with Infinity War (Which would have been bold to the point of not being able to happen), I am still intrigued as to the future of the MCU.
Senior, Zanayia Dejesus, manages to work two jobs since her last cheer season is over. Dejesus was a cheerleader at Brien McMahon for her four years of high school. While she was a cheer captain, she worked at HomeGoods, where she’s worked for two years. Now that cheer is over for her, she has time on her hands. With that time, she decided to take the opportunity to be a teacher's assistant at Silvermine Elementary School.
Dejesus’ friend’s mom, who works at Silvermine, recommended her to work at Silvermine for their afterschool program. Dejesus says she enjoys her time working with students and knew that having the opportunity to work at Silvermine would be delightful. So, she applied with Ms. Leads, the guidance counselor at Brien McMahon.
Dejesus works with students that are in kindergarten through 5th grade. Her role at Silvermine is to watch and help students with their homework. When they are done with their homework, they play games and activities for them. She works throughout the week with students when she’s not working at home goods. “I love working there the most because the kids look up to me and I love working with younger kids,” Dejesus says.
At HomeGoods, she’s a sales associate with many responsibilities. Some of her responsibilities consist of maintaining the store’s clean and organized appearance, restocking items, and being a cashier.
She favors Silvermine more because she has more fun. “It’s laid back, I learn more about children and their development. I also like seeing children grow and knowing that I’m helping them grow makes me happy.”
While learning how to have time for two jobs, she noticed that time management and being organized is really important. Dejesus is very good with time management. “You just have to be on top of things. I have a planner and I make key notes for myself and it helps me remember things.”
“Be ahead of the game. Be 10 steps ahead.” Dejesus is happy that cheer is over, so that now she is able to get another job. Now that she is done she’s able to make more money to save for college.
Although Dejesus works throughout the week and weekends, she still engages in her free time. She makes time for family and friends. “You have to plan ahead, knowing that I would want to hang out with my friends one week, I will make sure I tell my jobs in advance to take a weekend off or whatever scenario it is.”
Q: What age did you start playing and on what team?
A: I don’t remember what team it was but I was four. Like on the little Tee-ball team.
Q: How did you find your passion for softball?
A: I was in fifth grade when I actually started to realize that I’m good at something. I realize I can play softball, I'm not just bad. And that’s when you’re able to start pitching for each other and actually get involved, instead of the coaches doing it. When you were younger, that’s what they would always do. They would pitch and a dad would stand behind you and catch the ball.
Q: Did you play on the softball team at McMahon if so, what position did you play?
A: Yes I played, and I played first base for only my sophomore year.
Q: How was your experience playing at McMahon?
A: It was TRASH. It wasn’t it. The seniors at the time weren't the nicest people, they all thought that they were better than everyone, and they thought that they all had a say in everything. The coach himself definitely had favorites, and he said that to my face. Playing on a high school team kind of made me not like the sport anymore, just because I thought the experience was going to be so much different than it actually was. It impacted my playing abilities just because i wasn't serious about it because of how everyone acted (thinking that they were better than others) and how some people didn't take it serious during practice and the games.
Q: What is your jersey number and, what is the mean behind it?
A: My number is seven, because it was my uncle’s number when he was playing in high school, and after he passed away it was always that number.
Q: Are you currently playing on a travel team?
A: Yes, for South Carolina, I've been playing with them since freshman year. I don’t travel with them every weekend but i try to go once or twice a month for practices and then during the summer that’s when we have all of our games just because me and 3 other girls don’t live in the state so we just try to go as much as possible before the season starts for practises. It only works out because it’s technically off season so it's just practice and conditioning now so i only go once or twice a month but my whole summer i'll be there.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about being a student athlete?
A: Managing your time and doing your homework. Some kids even have jobs, it’s hard to get sleep. Like there's a lot to do, especially being on the travel team. I’m away on some weekends, and then some weekends im home, and the weekends im in South Carolina practice all day, get breaks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then i'll go back to my coches house and do school work that I didn't do during the week.. So yea managing time is the most challenging.
Q: how have you developed since freshman year until now?
A: i've become more confident in myself while i play because i've had more people tell me that i'm good instead of them saying that im bad because in the past years of me playing i've had a lot of people tell me that i wasn't good enough and so i've really gotten more confident even though i still have off days as do every athlete but i've also got a lot more serious about the sport in the past 4 years.
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David Burd or “LIL Dicky” is an American rapper and comedian who gained his claim to fame after the release is of music video “Ex-boyfriend” that reached a million views in under 24 hours. In his songs he usually implements a comedic vibe to it, but in his most recent release, he took a very different approach.
On April 18, ¨Lil Dicky” dropped a fast growing music video called ¨Earth¨ that showed viewers the current state of environment we are living in. The song is played over a very colorful and detailed animation of different animals voiced by multiple artist from all different genres of music. Many people are saying that through this video, he made earth day ¨cool¨.
The video was originally not going to be about the current environment issues we are facing in the world. It was simply going to just be artist playing animals, but the idea of the song changed though once Dicky started researching these places the animals came from and what the environment there is like.
(According to Billboard`s website), Lil Dicky states that, “Initially... my idea was really just about, ‘What if we got different artists to play animals?’” He continues and says, “So what started as this really silly, little fun idea ... became my life’s most important work,” he says in an interview with Zane Lowe. “And I think what I want the song to do is put others on the journey of discovery. I don’t know how this isn’t what everyone is talking about at all times -- literally the earth is like falling apart.”
Throughout the video, Dicky managed to get 30 different artist, influencers, and actors on his song like Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and even Katy Perry. It’s a lot harder than most people would think, from asking them to be in it to setting up schedules for people on tour.. With many artists’ tight schedules, it was impressive that he pulled this off. The process of getting them and writing the song took Dicky about 2 and a half to 3 years to finish.
Due to his growing success he able to reach out to these A list celebrities and get ahold of them or the contact. After getting one celebrity like Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande, it becomes a snowball effect where other big names will most likely agree and not want to miss the opportunity. “You start with your friends and people you have relationships with,” it’s easier to go to somebody you are less friendly with and be like, ‘Hey, would you want to get on this song with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Charlie Puth where everyone is playing a different animal?” Says Dicky.
The video is more based around the topics of the world than the song itself because since Dicky is more so a comedic rapper not everything he says is supposed to be taken seriously. He initially started rapping with a long-term plan in mind of ending up as a comedian, “Being funny is my biggest differentiator, and I think I'd be a fool not to use that, and there's nothing I enjoy personally more than making a human being laugh. But then, I also think I have a serious side to me.” Says Dicky.
The goal for putting this song out was to spread awareness about the health of the earth, what's causing the issues and how to fix it. "These days it's like we don't know how to act, all these shootings, pollution, we are under attack, from ourselves. Like, let's all just chill, respect what we built," Dicky exclaimed "There are so many people out there who don't think global warming is a real thing. You know? We gotta save this planet. We're being stupid!"
"It was always in my head that this was going to be something that helped raise money for environmental issues, but I didn't really know the facts," he told Rolling Stone. "I looked into it and was blown away. I didn't realize, remotely, that it was such an urgent, dire situation. Now After putting this out his video all the proceeds he made from that video have gone to the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation. Luckily, he achieved his goal about spreading awareness with the video grossing over 74 million views in under a week.
Everyone knows that college is expensive. With tuition and board easily surpassing $60,000 for private colleges, families are finding it even more difficult to send their kids away to the school of their dreams. After working for hours on end for the past four years, students are finding that their options are limited due to money. Many are battling the question: Should I go with the more affordable state school, or a more expensive private college?
“Thankfully, I have supportive family and friends. At first, I felt a little pressured to go to a school with a strong academic reputation like UVA, but that doesn’t make me happy. The University of Alabama makes me happy,” Nicole Baldwin (‘19) says.
Overall, this is a decision that is different for everyone. What is more important: happiness or having less debt? If you have less debt, will you be happier? Is going to your dream school worth it all?
Camille (Cami) Minier, a senior at Brien McMahon, was very confident by starting her new hair journey with a “big chop,” as she cut most of her hair off.
“The moment I cut my hair off I knew it was the right thing. I was so happy and still am. I never regret cutting my hair. I wasn’t afraid of what people would say because it was something I did for me, that I knew would make me happy in the long run.”
A big chop is an act of cutting your hair to be in a natural state. It starts a new hair journey where you are transitioning to be officially natural where there is no chemicals, like relaxer, perm, or any of the sort in your hair.
In the Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair. It’s more of a “thing” in their culture, and has been established due to some racial identity.
“Instead we had to restrict ourselves into having our hair straightened, little did I know this was me hiding my own identity.”
She started to realize while she was in Norwalk 2018, her being presented with straight hair all the time was hiding her own identity. She also noticed that all the heat made her hair unhealthy, dry and thin.
In the summer, besides having her hair straightened, she did different hairstyles that she liked. Minier says, “Last summer was the first summer I changed my hair up and did different styles.”
“I need to be my own person and not try to hide my identity behind my hair to seem like everybody else.”
This is when she decided to cut her hair. November 27, 2018, Minier started from scratch and she made a life changing move to cut off her hair.
“Their deep conditioner keeps your hair moisturized and leaves your curls hydrated and formed.”
Tarcy Castro and Margie Hernandez
PrideTime Senior Editor
At McMahon, we hear about different artists and their paintings. However, we don’t really hear about artists that focus on sculptures, more specifically, in this case, cardboard sculptures. Garrett Acuna, a senior, started his work last year. His sea turtle sculpture, featured in last year’s art show, won second place and was actually his first piece.
When did you start working on sculptures?
AP studio art is my first art class so it’s weird. I did a sculpture for fun and Pierce told me I should keep doing more. Then I heard the Maritime Aquarium was closing down (rumored), so I wanted to make cardboard sea creatures to respect the endangered ones.
What was your first sculpture?
It was the giant sea turtle. It was from last year’s art show which won second, I think. It’s an old one though, the actual one is at school because of how big it is.
How long did the sea turtle take?
It took half a year. I didn’t have any art classes and out of spite, I started it. I spent all my free time in Pierce’s when I could work on it. I started with an image in my head and tried to sketch it.
What do you mean by “out of spite?”
It was out of spite because I kept trying to get into 3D media and it never worked out. She said it never fit my schedule but I would always get a study hall when Pierce teaches that class.
Why did you start with a sea turtle?
As a kid and now, I love sea turtles. I would drag my mom to the Maritime Aquarium so I can see their exhibit and watch how they swim. I would buy puzzles about the animal and even little plushies.
Can you explain the process?
I started with an image in my head and tried to sketch it then after once I have a horrible drawing, I would get a picture from the internet as a sort of guide. Then I add my own twist to it. For the shell, I cut out panel by panel so it shows how each square is different because nature isn’t perfect. Even the most imperfect animal is beautiful. I started with the shell and added the head arms and legs after. I was thinking of adding a tail but I decided not to. I later hot glued the pieces and added supports.
What did you work on after that?
Well, I took a break after it and then once I got into AP, I started the hammerhead shark. There was a brief period where I made a baseball bat wrapped in fake barbed wire.
What really inspires you?
Well, I don’t know what exactly inspires me. I look around and see what people made and how they did it and I just love the idea of an image in your head becoming a reality on simple cardboard or plaster. Plus, it’s just how the people I love just motivate me to keep doing more artwork and make more out of what I do no matter how big or small.
What are you working on now?
I’m sketching out two little metal figures: a small dog and a man playing the viola. I’ve also tried expanding for plaster and much more mediums.
Acuna continues to work on building his pieces to gain experience. Even though he says he started that piece out of spite, he now really enjoys sculpting and continues working on other sculptures.
Your skin can change your mood based off of how it looks. Have you ever had that one breakout that turns into more breakouts and keeps getting worse? Do you feel like your skin complexion needs a little boost? Well, here are a few tips to try at home so that you will be on your way to having better skin.
1. Get some rest: I know, it might be hard to do when you have school, homework, a job, or after school activities. Do whatever you can do to get seven to eight hours of rest a night and your skin (including those under bags) will get better. Some things you can do to help you fall asleep at night is to take a nice warm shower or bath, drink some tea, and turn off your alerts from your phone. Sometimes sleep is worth the sacrifice. Plus, sleep gives you much better results than face creams. Eat some citrus: Citrus fruit is a good way to keep your organs healthy which leads to healthy skin. Try to include Vitamin C in your diet, like oranges, which helps prevent wrinkles and gives you a little bit of a detox.
2. Massage your moisturizer: some of you might me thinking to yourself, “What do you mean massage?” You may be putting your moisturizer on your face, but you might not be doing it correctly. Instead of just dabbing it on your face, go in a gentle circular motion. Also try to find a moisturizer that is meant for your skin type, for example if you have dry, oily, or combination skin. Some good moisturizers that are affordable are CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Differin Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen, Simple Hydrating Gel Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, and many more
3. Massage your moisturizer: some of you might me thinking to yourself, “What do you mean massage?” You may be putting your moisturizer on your face, but you might not be doing it correctly. Instead of just dabbing it on your face, go in a gentle circular motion. Also try to find a moisturizer that is meant for your skin type, for example if you have dry, oily, or combination skin. Some good moisturizers that are affordable are CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Differin Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen, Simple Hydrating Gel Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, and many more.
4. Stay Hydrated: Hydration starts from the inside out. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is very important for your skin. And if you don’t like water try coconut water, which has good nutrition. A tip on how to drink water throughout the day is to set a goal to drink half of your body weight or just to keep water bottles around you always whether it’s in your backpack, locker, or car.
5. Try an at-home facial: Take a few minutes out of your day (preferably before you go to bed) and put on a moisturizing face mask and relax. After a while, take off the mask and moisturize your face. You can go to the store and buy a mask that looks best for your skin type or you can look up some ways to create your own mask at home. But make sure that you test it out on your hand or arm before putting it on your face, because some ingredients can make your skin irritated.
Do these tips on daily basis and the quality of your skin will likely improve, but it will take some time, so don’t feel discouraged when you don’t feel like you see any immediate changes.
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Lady Gaga has been in the music-industry for over 10 years now. However, according to the artist herself in a recent instagram post, she claims that winning an oscar was “... a moment in my life that I will never forget. My whole artistic journey flashed before my eyes.”
Lady Gaga was nominated for “Best Original Song” at the 2019 Oscars with her song “Shallow” sung by her and actor Bradley Cooper for their 2018 movie A Star is Born. The famous song was written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt for the soundtrack of the movie. This has been the most awards Gaga has received for a song with 32 award wins that include: 2 Grammys, a Golden Globe, and now an Oscar.
The song “Shallow” is a dialogue between a man and a woman talking about their problems and searching for new experiences. The lyrics, “In all the good times I find myself longing for change, and in the bad times, I fear myself,” has the meaning of trying to stop being someone you’re not, but fearing that someone might judge you for being yourself.
A crucial lyric in the chorus is, “We’re far from the shallow now,” which has to do with what the movie portrays since it is about a singer who is very talented, but judged by her looks. Gaga connected these lyrics to the #MeToo movement, saying “We are living in a time where there’s so much conversation about women’s voices being heard,” and that is exactly what’s happening in the song.
“It is one of my favorite songs at the moment. I’ve been a big fan of Lady Gaga over the years and am very proud of her accomplishment with this song. It is truly amazing and can make me cry,” Sarah Conroy (‘19) said this when asked her opinion on the song.
Personally, I think this song can have many different meanings to the person listening to it. Gaga’s beautiful and powerful voice does a great job at making the song meaningful and heartfelt, it will also give you goosebumps when jamming to it. I would recommend this song and even the whole A Star is Born soundtrack to any romantic soul out there.
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Aside from working and playing Club Penguin Rewritten with her friends, Mariana Elguera (‘19) has an artistic side many may not know about.
Brought up in a creative family, Elguera has had much time to watch and learn from them. Although, she might have taken things into her own hands and looked up videos on how to improve her art, she is still relying on her family.
Growing up, Elguera had to take many mandatory art classes in elementary school, but she’s found more passion in high school. Elguera has had much more liberty, being able to take more classes that came to her interest.
Elguera has taken many classes that other students may take for their senior year to take the easy way out, but she’s taking them to continue improving.
Having this in her favor, Elguera has worked with each and every art teacher. She takes advantage of how close she’s gotten to her teachers so that she can have her art critiqued and so that she can learn different aspects to make her artwork have more meaning.
Despite being told by both teachers and students that her art is amazing, she still wants to accomplish more with her pieces and wants to continue learning.
When she was younger she made a portrait of her father, now being her favorite piece, and till this day continues to have it to encourage her to do more. However, It signifies more than just her dad. It’s Elguera’s start of something, her first real piece which she put all her effort in.
Within this first true work of art, her mother played a big role in her uprising. Elguera’s mother has helped her throughout her journey. When she was younger her mother helped Elguera by actually putting in the work or by giving her inspirational thoughts.
Elguera’s mom has always helped her when doing school projects, in doing posters for science fairs or class. Her mom would give her feedback on what to improve or helpful tips to make it look more appealing for everyone to see.
Elguera has completed many pieces of art with different mediums. Each piece comes from just about anything. Her inspirations are endless, getting them from dreams, music, and old memories.
“Out of all the mediums of art, I’ve never done a digital piece before,” Elguera said.
She’s completed one piece inspired by her best friends dog, Gio, and now she’s working on a poster inspired by the music she listens to. At first, she had many difficulties with knowing what each gadget in the toolbar was used for, but after learning the program she fell in love with Photoshop.
Enjoying working with technology, Elguera hopes to study Graphic Design in her future at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.
S.O.S, the boys are back! I’m sure we are all shocked about the great news that The Jonas
Brothers have made a comeback. It’s been almost two weeks since they announced that they
would start making more music for all their JoBro fans. I don’t think any of us were prepared for
Recently, The Jonas Brothers released their new single “Sucker”, and for the first time in nearly
6 years performed it in New York City at The Box Theater on March 1st. Fans were surprised to
see them having it been only hours after they had just announced their new song. At the venue
they also played their old songs such as, “That’s Just The Way We Roll,” “Burnin’ Up,”
“S.O.S,” and “Year 3000.”
They then performed on the Late Late Show With James Corden where they mentioned they
were working on a new documentary about their childhood to where they are now. They said that
they had went to therapy together prior to their reunion, then spoke about why the band had split
up in the first place. “During that time we started to realize there was magic that we felt we were
missing, so we started playing music together and we realized right away that this is where we
were meant to be,” Nick Jonas explains.
In an interview on Elvis Duran’s Z100 radio show, Joe Jonas said, “We have probably 30-40
songs recorded that we can’t wait to release.” There they explained that they have a whole album
ready be to shared with their fans and how their songs match up with each other’s voices.
“Balancing Nick's sound, DNCE's sound and, to be truthful, Kevin bringing so much heart into
this, it's been incredible.”
Their new song, “Sucker”, is very upbeat and is about being head over heels in love with
someone. On top of the great bop being released, they made a music video where they had all
their significant others Danielle Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, and Sophie Turner join as well. Rumors
had it that fans have been confused about the band getting back together when their social media
accounts suddenly reactivated in 2018. Nick Jonas then cleared the rumors by saying “I can tell
you there is no reunion planned, but I can never say never.”
Now that they are back together and planning great things for the future, we can all look forward
to them announcing their tour dates! Here is what some senators had to say about The Jonas
Brothers revival: “Their comeback brings back childhood memories,” says Juliette Ochoa (‘19). “I
hope they don’t break up again,” says Mariana Elguera (‘19).
All hair is different, which is why we are all uniquely beautiful. We have different curls due to the different hair types there are.
Straight and curly hair depends on your level of follicle. A hair follicle is a very small organ underneath the skin that make hair. Strains of hair are forced through a tube which affects the hair shape and pattern, which allows it to grow. People with curly hair have asymmetrical follicle.
All together there are four hair types: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4. As the number increases, the curlier the hair gets. Hair Type 1, includes people who have naturally straight hair. When their hair is wet, there are no curls at all. Straight hair is hard to damage, but also very hard to hold a curl.
Type 2 is wavy hair. Wavy hair has a texture between straight and curly hair and is likely to become fizzy. In type 2, there is Wavy 2a, 2b, and 2c. Type 2a is very close to straight but has very loose waves. After Wavy 2b and 2c are very similar, and pretty much have the same pattern but Wavy 2c is more wavy than 2b.
Type 3 is curly hair. Curly hair is well known to have a “S” shape, and sometimes a “Z” shape. Curly hair has a lot of volume and most people who have curly hair have a very full head. Curly hair can be more difficult to deal with because it requires a lot of care and can often get dry. Without proper care, you will have less defined curls. There are three types of curly hair: Curly 2a, 2b, and 2c.
Type 4 is coil hair. Coily hair has very tight curls and it’s very coarse. Coily hair is usually very thick, fragile and easy to damage. Type 4 has three different types: Coil 4a, 4b, and 4c.