The Leonid seniors give advice to underclassmen and reflect on how high school changed them as well as how they changed the high school.
By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
We learn, we work, we live, we die. That’s it isn’t it? That’s the natural order of things. Sounds a little cut and dry when you think about it. I’m going to let you in on a little secret and it’s pretty cliche so bear with me. Amidst the humdrum of everyday life, opportunities will always arise. Don’t ever pass them up. For those entering college there is one opportunity that I urge you not to overlook: studying abroad.
Study abroad programs are growing in popularity and are offered at more and more colleges nationwide. For a few weeks, a semester or even a year, students can earn credits towards their degree while continuing their education in a foreign country. Common destinations include Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, and France.
By Taylor Resh
Students, parents and even some teachers seem to hate it. It can take an average of 13 percent of a student’s day. It’s the cause of fights, anxiety, stress, and a lack of physical activity.
It’s homework. And it’s unnecessary.
Homework tires students out which results in them not getting enough sleep for the next day of school. This sleeplessness also limits their physical activity resulting in students being unhealthy.
By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Seven straight-laced boys attending a prestigious preparatory school quickly take a liking to their new English teacher who offers them a new perspective on individuality, life and the value of literature. The 128 minute drama "Dead Poets Society" directed by Peter Weir will not only heave at your heart strings but leave you questioning society and contemplating the true power of literature.
Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) is an outgoing and motivated young man placed on a career path towards medicine by his overbearing father. Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) is painfully shy, struggles socially and is under constant pressure to live up to his successful older brother’s name.
Neil, Todd and their group of friends are all students at Welton Academy for boys set in 1956 New England. The school's four pillars (tradition, honor, discipline and excellence) stress the importance of a strict, uniform-learning environment. It is essentially a breeding ground for the nation’s future doctors, lawyers and scientists.
By Helen Zeidman
Junior Editor in Chief
Not many people enjoy eating vegetables, going to the gym to exercise, or taking a trip to the dentist. Most people would rather devour junk food, stay at home to watch television, and skip the annual dentist appointment. While these options are easier, they are not exactly healthy and will not benefit anyone in the long run.
Advanced Placement classes are the equivalent of eating vegetables and going to the gym. They have proved time and time again that they have countless benefits, but many people are scared of them and the work that they entail. AP classes may not be the most pleasant experience in high school, but they are well worth the work.
By Marina Foursevitch
Recently, coconut oil has been the center of attention for it’s health and beauty benefits and uses. People have grown fond of this “super food”.
Coconut oil is pressed from aged coconut meat, and melts at 76 degrees. This oil has a high heat resistance, therefore it is great for sauteing.
There are different versions of coconut oil such as the refined, unrefined, cold-pressed, and expeller-pressed.
The unrefined version of coconut oil (also known as extra-virgin coconut oil) is known to be the healthiest version because there are not any chemicals added. In addition to the health benefits of the unrefined version of coconut oil, it also has a slight coconut flavor and scent.
Sixty-two percent of the oil is healthy fatty acids and ninety-one percent of the fat is healthy saturated fat. Coconut oil also consists MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) which are easy to digest, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and does not store as a fat. It goes straight to the liver where it is converted to energy immediately. This oil also has the ability to kill harmful pathogens and prevent infections.
Many people use coconut oil as a substitute for other cooking oils due to the health benefits that coconut oil provides. Also, one of coconut oil’s modern popular uses are hair masks. Coconut oil helps hair re-grow and regain moisture that has been lost due to factors such as heat damage.
Other uses of coconut oil are oil pulling (teeth whitening), a breath freshener, body lotion, and weight loss. Since coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat, many people like to use it as substitute for butter and other oils.
“It’s good for the skin,” stated health teacher, Mr. Dennish. “And as far as cooking, it’s a healthier alternative to some of the saturated fatty oils such as canola oil.”
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