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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior Year Movie Review

Kyle Newell
Senior Year part 1 directed by Michael Bay was one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen and it will become an instant classic for the rest of my life. It's like watching a movie as good as Titanic and like Charlie Chaplin will never be forgotten, the main character of Senior Year (Kyle Newell) in his most interesting years will never be forgotten. While the movie genre was the first to be labeled as undetermined it was clear why that was, it contained so many genres and though it was like a documentary, it seemed like a Hollywood made film that everybody 17 and older can enjoy because of it's rated R rating. You could easily place the tags of exciting, comedy, action, drama, documentary, thriller, suspense and classic on Senior Year.
The movie starts out with a brief but very thorough introduction of his past which created a very in depth back story to the person he was and some of the struggles he went through to get himself to where the movie of his senior year begins. The beginning of his senior year like every other school year starts with the new but average anticipation of getting the easiest and final year of his grade school career done and over with. With a plan to bust out his final credits, Kyle  keeps senior privileges in mind, doing what he can, he pacts his schedule so tight he no longer had room for fun that way he could get his Senior year done even faster.
       Kyle achieves his goals and gets the good grades, grades he worked so hard for and the third quarter/second semester rolled around he knew he could take a breather and enjoy the next few months. But with to much room to breath he losses control of his academics while he trys to make up for the loss of excitement and fun (social life) that was locked away in the first semester to get where he wanted to be. Like a solar flare Kyle was blind to the drastic change that would soon throw him off and risk his entire senior year. Being blind to his academics he enjoyed life and became the social person that he thrived to be all year long. That's when the most action packed, suspense filled moment of his senior year engulfed his entire life in flames and burned him so badly that he could finally see again and he realized how upside down his social life now was and his academic life was.
        With a huge eye opening moment and the will to fight on, Kyle tried to stitch up and repair what he spent his whole high school career doing, graduating. With graduation hanging in the balance and his entire future doing the same he came back to reality and strived for every high school seniors goal, to graduate. After that intense climax Kyle was able to look back and laugh at himself knowing that he had made mistakes but at the same time knew he was able to going to push through and finish up his senior year like the rest of his friends and family.
      If you've ever seen any of Michael Bay's other movies you know they were full of action packed moments and though this one didn't have action through out the entire movie, he did a very good job making an insanely explosive moment that the climax peaked on.  There's no telling what part 2 will have in store for us but I believe we can anticipate a triumphant return from Kyle with his academics and watch him have a wonderful graduation filled with the mixed emotion of happiness and sadness. Overall this movie earned a solid 10/10 stars for the strong roll of Kyle Newell and the amazing work of Michael Bay. I would recommend this movie to anybody 17 and older, for it was one of the most exciting movies of the century.

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Valentines day feature article

Kyle Newell
Do Males Or Females Care More About Valentines Day

Valentines day is a time for people to show their love to one another. Men get their women gifts and women occasionally surprise their men with something nice. The general assumption about valentines day is that women are the only ones who really care about it because they receive gifts. This doesn't mean that men don't get gifts, it's just that women generally make more of a big deal about it. Since my father and his girlfriend have been around for their fair share of valentines days I decided to interview them.
When asked what his opinion and how important valentines day is my father said, "I feel like its important enough to get a small gift for her, but I don't really treat it as a big day, like Christmas and birthdays. I think it's a good day to have, just to make her feel special."
When asked how he would feel if he didn't receive a gift he said, "I don't really care if she gets me anything. As long as she's happy, then I'm fine"
Both of these answers further proves a point that men don't see valentines day as this big, enormous day that needs to be celebrated and it's mostly for the women. After interviewing my father it was his girlfriend Erica's turn. Erica had been looking forward to valentines day for over a week because she said that she knew the exact day that it was on. But my father didn't know the day because he just said sometime next week. Some people may think guys don't receive anything but my father is a lucky man because his girlfriend always buys him something. When asked what she got him Erica said, "The same thing I get him every year cause our feelings for each other haven't changed since I bought his first valentines day gift. I bought him gummy bears, twizzlers, and chocolate. His favorite candy."
My father is a very lucky man because his girlfriend cares about him so much and always treats him well. If my father didn't get my girlfriend anything she would be very upset but only for a short amount of time. Overall my father and his girlfriend do care about each other a lot and even though they don't do anything extravagant it still shows they care. But Erica does care more about valentines day than my father which goes to show women care more about it than men do.

Editorial 1 maine driving laws

Good job comparing the old rules with the new- you made the differences very clear! Remember to make paragraphs when you change topics and another interview wouldn’t hurt.
Teenage Driving Laws
In the past year many new laws have gone into effect that have drastically changed some of the Maine driving laws, specifically for teenagers. For teenagers who got there permits and licenses in 2012 they won't ever have to see the effects and with one teen, Eric Wentworth saying "thank god I was born the year I was" and many his age who would agree with that.
With the laws of driving hours for permits and driving hours for getting a license with a permit almost doubling, it almost seems hopeless for the future generations. For a permit in Maine every teenager is expected to pay four to five hundred dollars to get into the class, then every teenager is expected to attend class for 1-2 months with two classes a week and absences aren't permitted, then every teenager is expected to pass a written test and then do 10 hours of driving with an instructor. Same pretty much goes with obtaining a license with a permit. Every permitted driver is expected to drive 35 logged hours, at least 30 hours during the day and at least 5 hours of night time driving, he/she is then expected to have that permit for at least 6 months before being able to to send in the logged hours and then get a date for your drivers test according to the book of Maine State Driving Guide book.
 If you think those laws were seemingly fair well then you can easily see why many teenagers are really upset by the new driving restrictions. With the driving hours on both the permit testing driving and the drivers license driving hours doubled to 20 hours required to obtain your permit and 70 hours of logged driving for your license. With an addition to that the time you must posses a permit to even send in for your driver license test was also doubled to a full year.
That also means that you will have to renew your permit after a year or wait for your drivers test. With this new law that went into effect you can clearly see why so many young teens are upset and so many teens that got there license before the law went into effect were relieved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pixars Short Film

Pixars boudin was a somewhat funny comedy with a strong morale behind the quick flick. Pixar is notorious for creating funny short videos that always have a strong morale to the story, while this one wasn't as funny as others the morale came across in an amusing way. Pixar's Boudin was a short movie about a lamb who very much enjoyed his shiny coat of fur and would get every morning and dance around boasting about it, until the farmer came and sheered all of it off and put him back in the ran cold a miserable. With the lamb believing he had nothing left but his pink skin, he never got up and danced and stayed upset, until a "great American jack a lop" came bouncing down along the trail, who told him that he need to change the way he thinks to stop believing that it's all because he's pink. The Jack a lop taught him a trick of how he could rebound, where you take one foot and slap it on to the ground which launched him high into the sky and back to the ground. After realizing that there was more to do then strut his fur, he became happy and every year that he would get sheered he would rebound by putting his foot down and launch up high. The morale just comes across in a very interesting way. I very much enjoyed how the moment the lamb got sheered the weather turn into a torrential down poor not only symbolizing his feeling but it made you feel bad for him. Also the fact that the Jack a lops dance was called boudin rebound was ironic to the situation in which it came in handy to the lamb. All around this film was short and sweet and nothing but funny. I would give Pixar short film a solid 8/10 for the strong characters and well done moral story. I would recommend this to anybody who has ever seen any Pixar short film. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody who hasn't seen a Pixar short only because they have better ones.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Movie reviews

If you are thinking about seeing a particular movie, would you consult a movie review for a recommendation? Why or why not?
In most cases I don't, but if the movie looks kinda good but I have mixed emotions of whether or not it will actually be good then I will read a couple reviews and see how many people liked it and how many did not.

What types of useful information can a movie review offer you? List as many as you can.
Whether or not it's a wast of time to watch
How much people liked it
What are some of the pros and cons of the movie
Who was a good actor/actress

How often do you think young people consult movie reviews before watching a movie?
I'm not really sure but I would assume not much. I think the only time movie review really come in handy is on Netflix and that is just a rating systems. I find that I won't watch a movie under three stars on Netflix just because I know I will be wasting my time.

What aspects about movie reviews make them a positive or negative influence on your decision to watch the movie?
Whether or not they liked it and why
Or what they would rate the movie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College Acceptances

— What is your reaction to Mr. Bruni’s idea that where you go to college matters less than “the effort you put into your studies, the earnestness with which you hone your skills, what you actually learn”?
I almost agree with him, I guess if he rephrased it in a way that made it sound like it is just as important than I could completely agree with him. But in reality not every school is the same and not every school provides the same opportunities for education and learning. Some schools specialize in a certain area that will certainly further your education in that area than other schools than are more focused in another area.
— How much pressure do you feel, whether from parents, teachers, the media or your friends, to get into a selective college? How do you handle that pressure?
An immense amount of pressure, I can say anything on the colleges but with a career that is going to be the foundation for the rest of my life. A life choice that is going to decide on the size of my house, the quality of my car and my overall happiness. Of course there is a lot of pressure. But you need to take it one step at a time and push through. 
— In the end, how much do you think it matters where you go to college? Why?
I think it is everything. It's the deciding factor of how much your really going to learn or be able to learn.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sat Vs Businesses

— If you were on a hiring committee at a workplace, would you consider SAT scores as part of an applicant’s materials?
I think it all depends on there age. I think if the applicants were recently out of school and it was there first big employment then yes it should be apart of the application material as well as college grades and if no college then high school grades

— If so, how much emphasis would you put on the scores?
It's hard to say. I guess I would make it important enough that if the scores were below the the lowest employer in the work place then it would be a slim chance for he/she to get hired.

— Should there be an expiration date on the scores’ being considered as part of
Yeah and as mentioned on the top one I think that the expiration date should play into effect on your age and on how recently your out of school.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Global warming

— How much does the topic concern you in general? Why?
I feel like this report made it a little more concerning but in reality I'm really not that concerned. Notice the fact that they make a comment about the o-zone layer protecting us from UV radiation and how these greenhouse gases are destroying it, but yet in the list of things that could go wrong they don't mention it at all. It just says climate could possibly change causing drought and flooding. How can they prove that it's the o-zone layer that affecting things and not the ever changing climate. I still feel like there is a debate and therefore I'm not really worried.

 — How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it?
I have learned little to nothing about global warming in school and I'm not really convinced there isn't still a debate about it. If it's so damn drastic then why is our government putting in more of an effort. Even still I believe that greenhouse gases could far in the future be a cause for concern.

— How compelling do you find this most recent report to be?
Not very. I'm stubborn and have a hard time believing this crap. These guys are just very dramatic.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fraternity Hazing

I'll reword the first question to whether or not I would join a fraternity?
Most likely I would probably join a fraternity, not only for the excitement but for the social part of being part of a fraternity.

It kinda hard to comment on something I don't really know much about but for the third question I could see where the student who was defending the pledging part of a fraternity is coming from. It seems like what he is saying makes sense but the fact that people are dying is a fact that definitely cannot be ignored. In reality I can't imagine that these kids don't care that they accidentally killed somebody and there pledging practices have changed.

 I think that banning college fraternity's would completely change the entire college experience. Would it still be that moment in life that every parent who went to college looks back and can say that it was the most exciting part of there life. I don't think so. I'm reality what they need to do is change some of the pledging practices to make it safer and then punish the kids who where involved in the deaths of students.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thumbnail editorials

Weather in maine- The weather in maine is the best example for the four seasons. Our summer is hot and sunny, autumn is a little bit chilly but is beautiful with the change colors, winter is cold and snowy and spring is rainy and muddy.

Bumper stickers- Not a huge fan when it comes to bumper stickers. One or two bumper stickers is plenty. But when you see those people who have a ton of bumper stickers that are either political and stickers of the places they've been I just feel like pulling them all off cause nobody cares where the random person in front of them has been.

Spending a lot of money on prom- Perfectly fine with me. Our past generations say all of the time how prom was the best night of there life and that everybody needs to experience it. Well we will all take their word for it but if we don't have the money to put into it than the future generations being us won't be able to say the same to our children.

Facebook- Probably the most efficient but misused website ever. It was created to socialize and reconnect people. But people would rather use Facebook to fight and argue or just play the games provided. And more recently it has been used essentially as a memory card, saving all the Instagram photos and vines that everybody has enjoyed.

Lying- Probably my favorite thing. I don't enjoy having to do it but it saves my a** a lot. It's probably the most powerful tactic against your parents when something arises that could possibly hurt you.

Monday, February 10, 2014


Is everyone creative, and can everyone learn to be more so? WHY or WHY not?

I think that everybody has a sense of creativity and uses every so often, but it comes out in different situations. When I think of creativity, I think of two things, vocal and physical. Most people are creative in a vocal/speaking sense and its easy to do so. But I think that a rare few fall under the physically creative category. Creativity can definitely be taught. Creativity is just a state of mind and is developed by opening your mind up and allowing thoughts to flow through your mind. Plus being introduced to a lot of variation, can make a difference. The more ideas and situations you've been in or have observed, the wider array of creativity you poses.

Didn't get to next article.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sawatzki's Interview Tactics

What are sawatzkis rules of interviewing?
Don't ask questions that will lead only to a yes or no answer.
Don't use charged words.
Keep your questions short.

What are things not to do when interviewing?
Make sure not to offend the interviewee and don't make they uncomfortable.
Make sure that they are the ones talking and not you.

What troubles or challenges have you encountered when conducting interviews?
That its hard to get the answers you wanted or were looking for from the interview.

What can you do in future interviews to elicit more detailed and informative responses?
Make better questions by fallowing sawatzkis rules.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Final reflection

Kyle Newell
Reflection Letter
This year so far has been a long restless writing experience. With about four or five essays for this class ranging from 1 page to 3 pages and multiple research papers for other class totaling up to 20 pages I'm feeling a bit tired of typing/writing. I am tired of writing but I do feel as though my skill as a writer has improved a little. My flow when it comes to writing has gotten better and my punctuation has gotten a little bit better, but there is always room for improvement in my punctuation. When it comes to writing I feel as if I'm not really doing as well as I should be. I feel as though I don't have the aspirations for it, and that's maybe because I do still struggle with the punctuation part of writing. Also my word choice is still really not where I'd like it to be but with the lack of ambition for writing that's what you get. What I think I've succeeded on the most so far this year is probably my focus on the subject matter and how efficiently I'm now able to type an essay or research paper.
The first assignment I choose was also our first journalistic assignments. Well to be bluntly honest I choose this piece because I thought I did fairly well on it and because we've only done three full essays. This is my first. My second essay was way to personal and private for me to be sharing with everybody and the third was recently just passed in and I don't know if I even did well enough on it to pass it in/ represent my writing skill. The process for this essay was to interview a person that has a career that you are interested in doing. When you interview them have at least 5-10 question to ask them that will give you insightful answers and even peak my our interest. Then write a two page essay that gave the reader an idea of who this person is and what their personality is like. You had to do this by taking the answers to your questions and put together to shape out what their career is like and how they felt about everything. I think my strengths for this piece was organization and overall I think that the story/article was good. My weakness in this piece was definitely with the quotations. It was hard to take what he said and form it into a story.
The second piece I choose was our most resent assignment. Our feature article. I choose this one because this was my only other option. Well the process was simple, interview people on any subject that was an event and then write an article about it. We had to at least interview 2 people about the subject and take the questions and answers and form it into an article about the event. I interview 2 students and 1 teacher about winter carnival and then took my previous knowledge and wrote the article. I'm not really sure what exactly my strengths and weakness are in this piece cause its not graded, but if I had to guess, my weakness would probably punctuation and strength would probably be my use of quotes. Maybe.

Personality profile

Kyle Newell
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Personality profile
    My uncle Brett Hathaway is living in New Hampshire and is sharing a half a million dollar house with his wife Shannon and his son, my cousin Connor. Brett recently turned 40 years old and is currently working for a computer maintenance agency. Brett, like me, absolutely hated school and everything that comes with it. So when his senior year rolled around like me he had to start really thinking about what he wanted to do with his life. But like me, all he knew was he "didn't want to go to college and wasn't sure what he wanted to do". Knowing college was out of the question for me and many others he knew that he had to figure something out. He had been hearing from his cousin Jeff who joined the Air Force 3 years before he was eighteen and reportedly "couldn't say enough good things about the Air Force".
           With this persuasion and really not having a clue of what to do with his life, he joined the Air Force right out of high school.  He told me all about how, when he joined the Air Force and went to boot camp, he had to " cut off all" his hair, and how he slept on the top of his bed "so not to disturb the perfectly made bed in order to pass inspections". He also mentioned that they had a "dorm guard after lights out" and that they took "turns standing watch at the door in case someone tried to get in". When they had to do their laundry everything had to be folded perfectly like his socks, handkerchiefs and apparently when it came to t-shirts they had to line "up all four edges with tweezers". And they had "five or less minutes to eat all meals".  His T.I ( Technical Instructor) which is basically the person that helps get you through boot camp and is in some ways your commanding officer, was a " black female, about 5'1" weighing approx 120"  but only if she had been wearing clothing that was soaking wet and weighing her down. Knowing how the T.I's are if you have seen any war movie they are "loud, obnoxious and intimidating". But as soon as they graduated she was "sweet as pie". He did have an incident in the Air Force that I knew about but didn't bring up with him. It had to with him finally finding something he really enjoyed doing and hoped to do once out of the Air Force. This was working on engines. But in a test to find out if he was ready to take on the task, they found out that he was color blind and so his dream was crushed because he wouldn't be allowed to do that due to him not being able to make out the different colored wires. So instead he worked on large cargo planes loading passengers and cargo.  The cargo, in part, was made up of " certified hazardous cargo ( ammunition, class 1,2,3,4 explosives and corrosives)". He also loaded vehicles like "tanks, fire trucks, helicopters, and front end loaders". Being a cargo plane loader he had the chance to visit many countries. He got to go on many adventures with his friends on their down time because of the access they had to the "planes and schedules to go where ever I wanted". He says he loved "the countries of Italy, Germany and Austria. Getting to ski the alps in Italy, sit and enjoy the fine beaches in both Italy and Maryland and enjoy the largest festival Octoberfest in Germany.
       After being in the Air Force he wanted to "find a job where I could use my training" and since he had received training with loading cargo onto planes, FedEx seemed like a reasonable

 job. He first started "working at the airport fueling airplanes with the ultimate goal of landing a job with FedEx" which he did. So he spent the next few years of his life working with FedEx loading their planes. He has now become my inspiration in joining the Air Force. His tales about all the times he and his buddy's would get to travel around doing exciting things, meeting new people  and to just have the greatest time of his life because he joined the Air Force has made a big impression on me. Even though he went into it not knowing what he wanted to do or even what he wanted to do after I still find the idea exciting.  This is exactly why I believe I should  join the Air Force. This opportunity will give me the time and experiences to enable me to decide what it is that I want to do for the rest of my life.

Talk back
I don't have my password for my power school. So really I'm not quite sure what you valued about my piece. But on the feedback form that I received you mentioned some of the things that needed more work on my piece. One thing that you told me I needed to work on was my use of quotes and really I couldn't agree more. I wasn't really quite sure how to in corporate them with the way that my interview went and really still not sure.the other thing you told me needed work was sentencing. You said that I had a lot of sentence fragments. I met with mr. Robinson about both sentence fragments and quotes and though he really enjoyed the profile he did notice a lot of grammatical eras but with the quote issue he wasn't really sure what to do. We did try and fix a couple the quotes but in the end I don't think it was fixed the way you wanted it fixed. But I'm hopeful that they are. I completely agreed with your advice and definitely took it. Thank you for the feedback on my essay and allowing me to revise it.

Feature article

Kyle Newell
Feature Article
Winter Carnival is one of the only school days that brings the whole school together as a single cohesive class to celebrate Freeport High School. A day to celebrate the season, which in compasses how many days of school are behind students and how little they have left. A day full of traditions and pure fun for every class. But this year every class could be experiencing a lot of change. Polarization is happening between the students- like the democrats and republicans on the beginning of the 2013 fiscal year.
This year Freeport High School is doing winter carnival a little bit differently then what they have been doing every year. It's been reported that after many years the day of winter carnival has changed. Winter carnival used to begin with students spending the night before decorating an assigned portion of the hallways with an assigned color that represents their class. Then the next day kids would dress up in there class colors, the same colors that their always are decorated in. The first half the day they would spend in there normal classes. But the second half was when the winter carnival would officially begin. The students would first start off by all going into the gym for class competitions. This is were each grade would pick there finest to compete in an arrange of events ranging from pie eating contests, basketball contests and final the favorite among the upper class man, a tug-o-war contest. After that they would do winter sports announcements were they would introduce all the students on each team of every winter sport. Soon after would be the winter carnival activities. This is were every student will go to the three different activities that they signed up for a week before. There are a large variety of different activities ranging from dodgeball to yoga to knitting, each taking place in a different room. Then after a good chunk of time in every activity, the day wraps up with a school wide assembly in the Fpac lobby were there is a student play and a speech from our teachers and principles about students and how remarkable we are. But according to senior Ashley Richardson who is directly involved with planning out winter carnival there will be a few changes this year. When I asked ashley what exactly these changes would be she told me "well as student council presented the day of student recognition we will be having a school wide lip dub And also we will not be able to decorate the hallways". When I asked why she told me" Ms Jensen thought it would be a really fun idea to do have a lip dub with the students and teachers " "with the hallway decorating, it's because Dalton's brother has a disability and has a hard time seeing when the lights and windows are covered up". And when I spoke to Mr. Dyhrberg an American studies teacher and also my adviser, he told me about a piece of paper that was handed out to kids "that was for students to take home and get signed by your and your parents or guardian, to give the school permission to put your face on the Freeport high school tv channel". He also told me about the consequences if you didn't which meant "that you would have to sit a room with the rest of the students that didn't during the activity period". All because they didn't want to have to edit out every one of the students faces that didn't give the school permission too. With winter carnival being a day of celebration for all the students, especially the seniors it was a wonder how they would feel about these changes, so I asked a senior boy Tyler Brissette about how he would feel about the hallway change and this was his response "I guess I understand that out of respect we shouldn't but also maybe they should just keep him at home or just have somebody guide him through the hallways. I really don't care whether or not we can but I know a lot of kids that wouldn't be impressed with that". And when I asked him about the lip dub addition to winter carnival all he had to say was "that the lip dub is probably one of the dumbest things this school has thought of" and said he would take no part in it.
With some students liking some of the ideas of the changes and some not so much It will be interesting whether or not the rest of the students will stand for some of the changes or will they incorporate them, creating new traditions.