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Senior Lunch

 

Every year, it is tradition that the principal takes the senior class out to lunch. This year, as other years, we went to Papa Razzi. This is a nice restaurant that serves Italian cuisine. Although it is not perfectly authentic, it’s acceptable for American-Italian food. A week before this event, our principal gave us a menu to pre-choose our meals so they would be ready quickly while we were there.

 

On Wednesday, we all came into school wearing very nice clothing in preparation to go out. We loaded onto the bus at 10:45 a.m. and arrived about half an hour later. We were led into the back party room. There were several round tables where we divided ourselves up.

 

I sat with some of my very close friends and we had very many interesting conversations and shared some memories as well. Our server came in shortly after we arrived to ask what drinks we wanted. Many ordered iced teas, lemonades, and sodas. We were then given our bread and drinks. While we snacked on the bread, the salads were being prepared.

 

I had a very delicious vinaigrette salad with cranberries. Most of us finished the whole thing. We were pretty hungry — some of us had skipped breakfast! Once everyone was done, we spoke for a bit, then our main courses started coming in. There were pizzas, pasta, and I had gnocchi. Everyone enjoyed their food. My gnocchi was very cheesy, and delicious!

 

During the main course, my friends and I shared memories from trips we have taken together. It was a little sad because this dinner was symbolizing the close of a chapter. We finished our main course and then the dessert came out. I had a very tart lemon sorbet while others had chocolate cake, cheesecake, apple crisps, and more.

 

I guess even though everyone looks forward to the last course of the meal — dessert — it is the end of the meal experience. It reminds me what this meal was for. Senior year of High School can be sweet and tart like my sorbet. Everyone wants it to be over quickly but you can enjoy what is potentially the last year you can really spend freely with your friends. We have to cherish the memories we make while this time lasts and make the most of it. I know I will really miss everyone but this is the close of one chapter in our lives and the start of a new one.

Are you a graduating senior this year? Tell us your best memmories down below!

 

Special thanks to Papa Razzi!

 

SLA Spring Concert

This year’s’ High School Spring Concert happened on Tuesday, May 24. There was quite a variety of music performed by the 7th grade class as well as the High Schoolers who participate in choir and Voce. Thankfully there was a little explanation that different students gave at the beginning of each song. The program began with our principal, Mr. Lambert, making cheesy dad jokes (he has recently become a father).  

 

First, the 7th graders performed a song on the bells called “The Grand March from ‘Aida’” written by Martha Lynn Thompson. It was about an Egyptian pharaoh who tragically dies. His princess, Aida, finds him on the way to the tomb. They both let go of life in each other’s arms.

 

Next three songs were sung by Il Voce. The first, “Dry Your Tears Africa” by John Williams, spoke of a Cuban ship with many Africans on it who sang of going back to Africa, of coming home. It links the cultures of Americans and Africans. The second was a folk song called “Every Night When the Sun Goes In” by Maurice Gardner. It is a folk song about a tragic love story. A girl gets pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. She knows that he will leave her if he finds out so she decides to leave.  

 

“Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest and sung by Il Voce was a very sad song. You could hear the mourning of a mother. It was about a couple in the United States who were planning on adopting a young Ethiopian girl. She tragically became sick and died. This song was written by the woman who planned on adopting this girl. She wrote it as a Eulogy for the orphans of Ethiopia.

 

The 7th grade bell choir performed again with “Lolette’s Complaint” by Betty Paret. It was of a little girl who was jealous that her older sister could dance so well. She was very bitter about it, but then she began to move to the music and discovered she could dance as well!

 

The next three songs were performed by the SLA choir. The first two were quite comical. “The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give” and “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth” were written under the title of P.D.Q. Bach. Apparently it was inspired by when musicians put their work together under one name. A man used this as an anonymous name. The first song was about the man’s wife who died of asphyxiation because she was singing and held a note for too long. These songs just comically speak of how the man’s wife can be a pain and he makes fun of her while still professing his love. There were some interesting sounds coming from the singers as a part of the music!

 

The second to last song was an arrangement from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Ed Lojeski. It was the longest song because it was (I was told) six songs put into one. It is about a young aspiring woman who is an amazing singer. The Phantom of the Opera finds her and makes her into a famous opera singer. Unfortunately he has a scar that covers half of his face so he hides it. The woman ends up falling in love, and gets engaged to another man. The Phantom of the Opera becomes furious and yet longing. He cries out for her love.

 

The last song was the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky. It was originally written by Julia Ward Howe who lived during the Civil War. She watched troops singing about a man who got hung for his beliefs in freeing slaves. This song was inspired by the troops who sang that song. It has become one of our national Hymns and most prized songs.

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The program was a blessing to all who were there. Have you been a part of a Spring Concert? Tell us about your experience below!

Tiny Home Movement

What exactly designates a house a tiny house? An average sized house is approximately 2,600 square feet. Tiny homes are usually between 100-600 square feet. Can you imagine living in a house that small?! It has been a growing movement in the United states for people to own one of these tiny homes.

If you wanted to, you could buy a tiny home for $100,000 or less. There are even some that go for only a couple thousand dollars! If you want a really nice one, however, you might have to think about spending more like $100,000. Some prefer indoor plumbing or running water which can increase the price dramatically. Many choose to live so simply that they don’t even have those luxuries. 

Many come on a trailer so it’s easy to move from place to place. You don’t have to stay anywhere. You can buy a plot of land, stay at a campground, or stay on a friends piece of property. The ones with trailers usually come in a rectangular shape that is small enough to tow without the necessity of a permit. They have a triangular roof that makes more room for a loft to comfortable fit a bed. Of course comfortability still means very small in our case. You can forget about king sized beds!

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Others are built in towns just like regular homes, but they are much smaller compared to other houses.These are normally on the larger side of any homes. They usually come with plumbing, places to do laundry, and running water. They also have different rooms such as a kitchen and living room rather than being all one large space.

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Another type of tiny home is called a Yurt. It has a basic round structure that is usually covered in a durable tarp. It can be transported but it is a little more difficult that it would be with a tiny home on a trailer. Yurt’s come as a shell and you can customize it to your liking. It can cost about $20,000 but you have to add the price of flooring, and amenities you may desire such as the common theme here of plumbing and running water. Many decide to have their restrooms outside in this case. You would also have to install a loft if you wanted it, as well as a kitchen, and storage space which is a very important aspect of tiny home living.

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The last one we’ll explore is the Earthbag house which is a beehive inspired home. They are made with earth bags – very long bagged strips filled with mud. You can pay a company to take classes so you can build your own! You pay for the classes, materials, and blueprints; grab your friends to help, and build it the way you would like! You can make pods that are different rooms and go from there!

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Would you ever live in a tiny house? Let us know in the comments below!

Want to learn more about the tiny house movement? Click here to learn more!

Expensive Dresses

This past weekend, I went to a mall that is normally frequented by the wealthier population. I only went because there was a restaurant there that my family wanted to visit. One member of our party wanted to go look at something in a store, so my mother and I decided to walk into one of the higher-end department stores.

 

While browsing the clothing, I stumbled across a dress that I thought was classy. I pulled out the price tag for sake of curiosity. I stood there aghast. The dress was priced over $3,000 dollars! I thought “okay, this is a high-end mall. This could be fairly normal,” and I walked the other way. I was thinking about the price and wondered if all the dresses were as costly. I stopped by a very simple black dress. The fabric didn’t seem like it was extremely high quality. I expected it to be a few hundred dollars at least — however when I pulled out the tag, I saw the number $4,895. That’s almost $5K!

 

That got me thinking, what are some of the most expensive dresses in the world, and why are they so highly priced?

 

First up on our list is Princess Diana’s Opera dress. It is priced at $125,000! It was made by a very famous fashion designer in London named Catherine Walker. She made it out of pure silk and chiffon which is another type of sheer fabric.

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Next is a Swarovski crystal encrusted dress that was made in Germany. It is black and red, and honestly looks like it could be worn by the queen of hearts! This creation costs $127,000 in U.S. dollars.

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Let’s step it up a notch with Maria Grachvogel’s dress. Made with silk and studded with 2,000 diamonds! It was shown at Maria’s fashion show and costs a staggering $1.8 million!

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Now to cap it all off with the most expensive dress of all. A $30 million masterpiece (not that I would ever even consider buying any dress over $200). The Nightingale of Kulala Lumpur red beauty is made with pure cloths such as chiffon, satin, silk, and others. It has a large pear shaped 30-carat diamond and 751 Swarovski crystals. It was unveiled in 2009.

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Do you think these dresses are worth their posted value? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Information taken from topteny.com.

A&P: More Like the Death of Me

Tis I, your trusty source for inaccurate information! This week we’re going to discuss a topic that’s very near and dear to my little o’l heart, A&P

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Now, I love A&P don’t get me wrong but, I hate A&P. It was all fun and games at first, we had seven students in the class, which was surprising because there’s usually less, but we started out with seven promising students. And it was great, we cracked jokes with the teacher, we worked together to finish labs and packets, persuaded the teacher to postpone tests and quizzes.

But then second semester came.
Three students dropped out because they couldn’t handle the ever increasing workload, and the four of us that we’re left, quickly realized the mistake we had made by staying. Our situation could only be compared to that of the titanic. We were forewarned that this class was going to be hard, but this class was hard. Some of my classmates can often be found mumbling incoherently mantras that can be translated into different connecting regions of the body. Our poor history teachers board is constantly covered in Latin and Greek words with illegible definitions.
We have around two to three quizzes a week on topics that we barely comprehend using words that are physically impossible for us to pronounce. Or words that are relatively similar that you still get wrong, like, coracoclavicular, coracoacromial and coracohumeral. My jokes have evolved into that which can only be understood by a select group, making it impossible to connect with other members of the human race.
But on the bright side it’s not all bad, we still joke with the teacher (and by joke I mean she roasts us to no end), we’re still a close-knit group that works on our packets together and complains about other teachers with our teacher. And we’re doing dissections soon! (Cow brain here I come!)
But in the end, it’s all about what you’ve learned. This class has taught us how to manage ourselves in stressful situations while giving us necessary insight to what our college courses are going to be like. So I guess it turned out ok in the end.

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