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 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 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.”
The ever-growing popularity of streaming services such as Netflix could threaten already established forms of media such as cable television.
By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
In 1900 the word “television” was coined and added to the dictionary. In the 1930’s the first television networks such as ABC and NBC began experimenting with national broadcasting programs. By the late 1950’s, televisions were in the homes of over half of all Americans.
Because technology has been so readily available to our generation ever since we first learned to walk and talk, we often forget just how new of a form of media it is.
But media is constantly changing, expanding, and evolving. Dials on the TV were replaced by remotes. Soundless, colorless movies were replaced by action-packed blockbusters.
But sometimes what is new isn’t always for the best. As human beings we often get distracted by the new, shiny toys and forget how enjoyable our old ones are.
In 1997 a small company was founded that would later go on to colonize the modern on-the-go streaming services. This company would become known as Netflix.
Netflix is a DVD rental and internet-based video-on-demand service provider that has grown increasingly popular in the 2010’s.
Last year a study found that 6.5% of Americans canceled their cable; all while Netflix hit an all time high in the number of their subscriptions; ending the year with 75 million subscribers, according to CNN.
The Huffington Post contributes this to the fact that while more people are moving away from the traditional cable television outlets, providers are still increasing the cost of their bills.
I, like many people that I know, have both cable and Netflix. Both provide something that the other does not, and both excel in areas that the other struggles in.
Netflix is nice for “binge-watching” old TV shows I’ve never seen or need to catch up on. But cable TV has live events such as the SuperBowl and award shows.
The question we must ask ourselves now is: Is Netflix worth losing a part of this culture we as millennials have created?
While cell phones have become such a major part of modern culture, they also have a much deadlier side.
By Carly Guise
Cell phones: they’re great, nice and convenient for sending a text to a friend saying that you’ll be there in 10 minutes. They’re great when you need to let your mom know that you’re on your way home from soccer practice. They’re great when you have to make a quick call to let your boss know that traffic’s crazy and you’re going to be a few minutes late to work.
They’re great until they force you to take your eyes off the road for five seconds. They’re great until you swerve into the lane next to you, almost taking someone else out. They’re great until you don’t come home. They’re great until you can’t remember that the little block of metal resting in your hand is the reason why your car ended up flipped over in a ditch on the side of a deserted road.
The reality is, while it may not happen to you, texting while driving makes a crash up to four times more likely. Also, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institution reported that driving distracted is actually six times more likely to cause a crash than driving intoxicated.
While 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, 43% “do it anyway,” according to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey.
But those who “do it anyway” may not realize just how costly their actions can be. Every day, 11 teens die because of texting and driving. Every year, cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 completely preventable deaths, as reported by the United States Department of Transportation.
The situation is so serious that many states are trying to put an end to texting while behind the wheel all together. The Governor’s Highway Safety Administration reported that 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all ban text messaging for all drivers of every age. 37 states, including Pennsylvania, ban cell phone use in its entirety for both novice and teen drivers.
But while states are certainly making steps in the right direction, there needs to be a full-out ban on cell phone use for everyone behind the wheel, not just teenagers.
Up to 48% of kids age 12-17 have reported being in a car where the driver had been texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. 15% of teen drivers have said that they have seen their parents text while driving, and 27% of adults admitted to having sent or received text messages while driving (www.textinganddrivingsafety.com).
Children have always followed the examples that their parents set, so why are we giving them a chance to set a dangerous one?
Texting while driving is dangerous, we know this. There are countless statistics and facts to back this statement up. But there are some that still choose to do it, and we need that to be stopped immediately, before someone’s son doesn’t come home ever again, before someone’s daughter is only known for how she ultimately met her end.
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