The Lion's Roar http://www.westlionsroar.com The student news site of Cherry Hill High School West Mon, 06 Dec 2021 18:26:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Only the Beginning http://www.westlionsroar.com/arts/2021/12/06/only-the-beginning/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/arts/2021/12/06/only-the-beginning/#respond Mon, 06 Dec 2021 18:24:43 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2109   Caption: Mamma Mia choreographer, Ashley Engelson, teaches the first few lines of her dance at auditions on Thursday.   The after-school hours of high school students are often occupied with retail jobs and algebra homework. But for the choir students at Cherry Hill West, they’ve recently been spent under the gleaming lights of the...

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Caption: Mamma Mia choreographer, Ashley Engelson, teaches the first few lines of her dance at auditions on Thursday.

 

The after-school hours of high school students are often occupied with retail jobs and algebra homework. But for the choir students at Cherry Hill West, they’ve recently been spent under the gleaming lights of the Auditorium or on the risers of the choir room with Mrs. Siegel and Mr. Dalio.
The sign-up sheets for Broadway Night auditions went up over the past few weeks and since then, 12 students reserved time slots for dance auditions and 16 for vocals. Broadway Night has been a celebrated event at West since the 1990s. Past themes have included “From Page to Stage” and “The Teenage Years.” And November 16th-November 19th, students did their best to secure spots in numbers choreographed under this year’s theme “Broadway at the Beach”. 

Vocal auditions took place on Tuesday and Wednesday as, individually, high schoolers performed songs from famous movies like Titanic and The Little Mermaid in front of their vocal teachers. Junior, Ashley Engelson held a debate with herself as she contemplated whether she should sing a song she felt comfortable with, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, or a song she felt was more of a risk, “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.

“I wanted to stand out,” she said, regarding her decision to sing the hit from Titanic. “There were at least four other people singing ‘Part of Your World’ and I figured I had nothing to lose.”

On Thursday, dance auditions were held. Seniors Rayna Lymper and Lila Mahaffy and junior Ashley Engelson were selected to choreograph medleys for the performance. 

“I had always told Mrs. Siegel that I could choreograph anything if she ever needed me to,” Lymper recalled the way she found out she would get to choreograph for the special night, noting “I found out through email.” She was given the task of creating a routine for music from Once On This Island

Mahaffy will be choreographing a Beach Boys Medley and Engelson will be arranging a routine from a selection of Mamma Mia songs, which was used as an audition piece on Thursday.

Each choreographer is looking for something special in their dancers. “I’m just looking for people who genuinely love to dance and will look like they are enjoying themselves on stage to enhance the dance that much more,” Lymper said.

Caption: Judges Rayna Lymper (left), Lila Mahaffy, (middle), and Ashley Engelson (right) observe dancers as they decide who they’ll select for their medleys.

 

Engelson described her ideal performer as, “someone who can pick up dance moves quickly, who has enthusiasm and a good attitude”.

Dancers were divided into small groups and given a few measures to work with. While each dancer presented excellently, it proved to be a challenge for the choreographers to divvy them up between medleys. “I think the most difficult thing is trying to grasp what they want to do and what moves they are comfortable with,” Mahaffy explained. “For a dance to be good,  there needs to be confidence and comfort in people that they know what they are doing and that they can achieve it.” 

Makeup auditions took place on Friday and the list of selected participants followed suit.

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A Season in Review: Girls’ Tennis 2021 http://www.westlionsroar.com/uncategorized/2021/12/06/a-season-in-review-girls-tennis-2021/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/uncategorized/2021/12/06/a-season-in-review-girls-tennis-2021/#respond Mon, 06 Dec 2021 18:21:30 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2115 The Girls’ Tennis season recently wrapped up for the 2021 season in late October. The team is led by Coach Kristin Bradford and Senior Captain, Kourtney Newton, who led her team this season, even after facing an injury. Juniors on the team are Ayen Aldana, Annika Brodie, Cynthia Chang, and Gail Santos. The underclassmen, A’myah...

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The Girls’ Tennis season recently wrapped up for the 2021 season in late October. The team is led by Coach Kristin Bradford and Senior Captain, Kourtney Newton, who led her team this season, even after facing an injury. Juniors on the team are Ayen Aldana, Annika Brodie, Cynthia Chang, and Gail Santos. The underclassmen, A’myah Robinson, Skyla Lopez, Hannah Azar, Jaye Chatman, Zahra Karimi, Hana Kolenovic, and Gabriella Crieghton will become the foundation of the West Girls Tennis team for the years ahead. 

The team went 0-14 this year and 0-12 in the Olympic Conference, but there were still many successes in the competitive games that were played. They opened their season against Eastern (9-8) and followed that game by playing Paul IV(4-10). Hannah Azar ‘25 won her singles match in straight sets against Sydney Crawbuck 6-3 and 6-0 against Paul IV. Azar also beat Ava Kaloustian (Bishop Eustace 6-7) 6-1 and 6-3 in straight sets. Cynthia Chang ‘23 helped the team by winning her match in straight sets against Laurel Montuori (Bishop Eustace 6-7). Chang’s first match was won in a tie-breaker 7-5 and her second set 6-4. 

As the season entered into its final weeks, the Lions continued their fight. Cynthia Chang won both of her sets against Winslow (2-10), which ended in a tie-breaker 7-3 in the third set to put the Lions on the board. Chang, in her third year on varsity, had the most wins on the team with a record of 5-11. Ayen Aldana and Gabriella Creighton followed by winning their doubles match against Zainab Adeoye and Alexa Renzulli 6-3 and 6-1. When the Lions faced Bishop Eustace for the second time, freshman Hannah Azar beat Catherine Azelby in the final two sets 6-2 and a tie-breaker, 10-7 after losing her first set 6-1. 

In the second to last game of the season, the Lions revisited Winslow. The Lions lost 4-1, but Zahra Karimi and Hana Kolenovic won their doubles match 6-1 and 7-6 in straight sets against Winslow’s Leila Quatorze and Tyjah Kilburn. The last game of the season was against West’s rival, Cherry Hill East. East (12-3) went on to beat West 5-0 to close out the 2021 season. 

Although the Lions fell short of a win this season, they still fought hard and had a very competitive season. The team faced injuries from Kourtney Newton ‘22 and Hannah Azar ‘25, with Azar finishing with a 3-7 record after her season getting cut short. 

The team would like to thank their Senior Captain Kourtney Newton for all of her hard work and dedication to this team and wishes her the best in everything she pursues. As the team moves towards the future, Coach Bradford noted, “I think the team has great potential to become a competitor in the Olympic Conference next year. The girls on the team just need to keep practicing and working hard.” The future of the West Girls Tennis team is bright, with 11 out of the 12 girls returning for next season.  

 

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Why Gender-Neutral Bathrooms are Important for LGBTQ+ Youth http://www.westlionsroar.com/social-awareness/2021/11/19/why-gender-neutral-bathrooms-are-important-for-lgbtq-youth/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/social-awareness/2021/11/19/why-gender-neutral-bathrooms-are-important-for-lgbtq-youth/#respond Fri, 19 Nov 2021 19:37:03 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2106 Imagine deciding not to use the bathroom due to being uncomfortable.  While this may be hard to picture for some, let’s set the scene.  Imagine someone being in school, about halfway through the day, and realizing they have to go to the bathroom.  But the only bathrooms available are the ones labeled “boys” and “girls”. ...

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Imagine deciding not to use the bathroom due to being uncomfortable.  While this may be hard to picture for some, let’s set the scene.  Imagine someone being in school, about halfway through the day, and realizing they have to go to the bathroom.  But the only bathrooms available are the ones labeled “boys” and “girls”.  If their legal sex is one of them, and they identify with that, it’s fine, right?  But if they don’t, it may pose a problem.  Since there are only two options, it may be hard to go in the one that is more comfortable because neither of them seem like they fit.  Or even if they wanted to choose one, if it doesn’t match their legal sex, they would risk being harassed and would feel unsafe.  So what could they do?  Many genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, and transgender youth would just avoid going to the bathroom altogether.

 

Many schools in the United States do not include gender-neutral bathrooms.  While some have a handicap stall, most bathrooms are traditionally gendered, which seems outdated in the twenty-first century.  According to an article from the University of Michigan Health Lab, “Nearly 60 percent of transgender youth say they have been required to use the restroom corresponding with the gender they were assigned at birth, and 70 percent report avoiding public bathrooms because of feeling unsafe and uncomfortable”.  Everyone should have the right to use a bathroom they’re comfortable in, and if there are only bathrooms for men and women, a lot of people are negatively impacted.

For example, an article from GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) stated, “Feeling unsafe, uncomfortable, and at risk of illegal disciplinary action, these students might “hold it” or restrict intake of fluids, risking pain and dehydration. Some of these students even leave school altogether. These outcomes are not positive in any way, for any one.”  Schools are intended to be safe learning environments.  If students are at risk of harassment, dehydration, or feeling uncomfortable, they are less likely to feel safe.  

In addition, LGBTQ+ youth are at a much higher risk of violence from their peers than their straight, cisgender counterparts.  A manuscript from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) stated, “LGBT youth’s experiences with harassment have been linked to skipping schools because of safety concerns (e.g., Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, 2013; Taylor et al., 2011), which can have wide-ranging consequences for academic achievement, psychosocial wellbeing, and progress after graduation.”  To reiterate, many queer youth skip school because they’re afraid for their safety or don’t want to deal with harassment. Unfortunately, this can cause negative effects on their mental health and may cause their grades to suffer, which could negatively impact their future.

Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have already taken a step in the right direction.  According to an article from PGN (Philadephia Gay News), “Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, which begins August 31, every building in the Philadelphia School District will have at least one single-stall gender-neutral bathroom.”  While this doesn’t seem like much, it’s definitely a start regarding equality for LGBTQ+ youth.  The superintendent of the school district stated, “ Every student deserves to know their rights will be recognized and upheld at school.”  Hopefully, other school districts will agree.

Some may say that everyone should use the bathroom of their legal sex.  However, that can be extremely harmful to transgender and genderqueer youth.  For example, according to GLSEN, most transgender and gender-nonconforming youth feel uncomfortable in the bathroom that aligns with their legal sex.  They show this by stating, “GLSEN research shows that nearly two thirds of transgender students avoid school bathrooms because of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. They risk verbal and physical harassment, no matter which of the two, sex-segregated bathrooms they enter.”  Forcing people to hold it or go to a bathroom that makes them feel unsafe is a terrible thing to do.  Everyone has to go to the bathroom at some point, why does it matter which bathroom they go in?

A simple solution to this issue is to make it required by law to have multiple gender-neutral bathrooms in each school across the country.  They should be open for everyone’s use and be monitored enough to ensure that the people who decide to use them aren’t bullied or feel unsafe.  However, these bathrooms being too closely monitored could put students at risk of being outed to their families or guardians.  If gender-neutral bathrooms are the norm, gender nonconforming, transgender, and genderqueer people will be less at risk of harassment and won’t feel as uncomfortable with such a simple task as going to the bathroom.  As mentioned in an article by PGN, “Nobody should ever feel unsafe or anxious about using a bathroom because of their gender identity.”

 

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The 60-Year Retrospective http://www.westlionsroar.com/opinions/2021/11/19/the-60-year-retrospective/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/opinions/2021/11/19/the-60-year-retrospective/#respond Fri, 19 Nov 2021 18:29:02 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2103 I was recently having a conversation with my grandfather during my day off, and he said something that really interested me and caught my attention. He told me that my history classes may be harder and longer than they were back in his time because current-day classes have 60 more years of history than he...

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I was recently having a conversation with my grandfather during my day off, and he said something that really interested me and caught my attention. He told me that my history classes may be harder and longer than they were back in his time because current-day classes have 60 more years of history than he had to work with.

To put it into context, my grandpa was in the class of 1962, here at Cherry Hill West (back when it was known as Delaware Township High School). The end of World War II was just only around a decade ago, the Vietnam War was just about to start up, John F. Kennedy was still alive and well, and Ronald Reagan was still mainly known as an actor. His history classes would only reach up to current-day events, as ours do today. He wouldn’t have learned about JFK’s assassination, or the Vietnam War then. Today, those are very huge and impactful events that have become basic knowledge to anyone living in the US. We can even just point out the most minor alteration, with Delaware Township High School now being known as Cherry Hill West. 

Let’s travel roughly 60 years later, to today’s class of 2022. How much has been added to the history books since then? Ten U.S.presidents have been in office. The attacks on September 11, 2001 had happened, and the War on Terror continues on to this day. Looking past politics, the NFL championship was changed to the Super Bowl game in 1966, and it’s been the biggest game in all of sports! When my grandfather graduated high school, there hadn’t even been a Super Bowl game yet. There have been nearly 56 Super Bowl games since. The 1962 Boston Celtics were in the middle of getting their 5th championship, and today in 2021, they have 17 championship banners. Looking at the pop culture side of things, The Beatles hadn’t even released their 1st studio album, and today they are arguably the greatest and biggest band of all time. Michael Jackson was only 4 years old in 1962 and today he is one of the best-selling musicians of all time! The way society worked in the 1960s compared to the 2020s just shows how a few decades of history can really impact everything in our lives, even making changes as simple as adding a few more courses in our history classes.

What relevance does that little compare-and-contrast have to today versus the future? A lot, actually. Today’s events make tomorrow’s history books. Between the time of my grandfather’s graduation and my own, hundreds of pages of history have been written. From the time of this article to my own grandchild’s graduation, historians could add a few hundred more pages! 

Think about it this way. So much can happen and change in just the course of a few months. For example, during the summer of 2020 alone, we experienced the pain of COVID-19 and the major Black Lives Matters rallies. Those two events alone have already changed society and the course of history as we know it. Now we are more aware of diversity and racism than ever. COVID made the future generation more cautious to wash their hands and stay safe in interaction. Human history changes every decade, every year, every month, every day. The things that are on the news after our graduations will be included in the pages of the school books that our children and grandchildren read.

In 2021 and 2022, today, we have the opportunity to view and participate in tomorrow’s history. What my grandfather states about there being 60 years of history between his schooling and ours is true, and it really gives insight to the fact that the clock is ticking now, and the world changes with every day, so we should watch how it impacts us and our future generation. All it truly takes is 60 years or less for major changes to be observed.

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Why it is crucial to understand the importance of vaccinating children ages 5 to 11, against Covid-19 http://www.westlionsroar.com/features/2021/11/18/why-it-is-crucial-to-understand-the-importance-of-vaccinating-children-ages-5-to-11-against-covid-19/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/features/2021/11/18/why-it-is-crucial-to-understand-the-importance-of-vaccinating-children-ages-5-to-11-against-covid-19/#respond Thu, 18 Nov 2021 19:11:21 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2098 The FDA has recently authorized the official use of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This is news the public has been waiting for since the start of the pandemic and this vaccine has been in the works since late 2020. While this may be great news for families, many parents are...

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The FDA has recently authorized the official use of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This is news the public has been waiting for since the start of the pandemic and this vaccine has been in the works since late 2020. While this may be great news for families, many parents are still wary of whether or not they want their child to receive the vaccine. 

 

While some families may be first in line to get vaccinated, some will either wait or not wish to participate at all. Apart from the public’s opinion on this matter, the push to get children vaccinated has never been more crucial than now. The future of these children depends on how many people across the country receive vaccinations to be able to go to school, participate in activities, and visit their families safely. To continue the push to get back to normal, people need to become vaccinated to keep themselves and others around them safe.

Click here to read about the facts and myths on the Covid-19 vaccine

 

According to The Atlantic, 60% of families believe that if someone in their household became infected with the virus, they do not need to get vaccinated. Or simply, they feel the need to wait for more time to get their child vaccinated as the rollout begins. Not getting vaccinated because someone has had the virus should have no correlation. It’s actually more urgent to get vaccinated if a person already had the virus because he or she can get sick again. It’s understandable to be hesitant to get children vaccinated, yet everyone needs to trust the science. Science is what is protecting families in the future of this virus. 

 

Click here to learn more about the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

 

Many families in the United States have children 12 years of age or younger in their households. These children are at high risk of infection due to their recent ineligibility of the vaccine. With schools across the country reopened for the 2021-2022 school year, many children are required to wear masks throughout the day. Wearing a mask is just one way to protect each other from this disease, but getting vaccinated ensures a greater layer of protection.  

 

The most important thing that American families can do, is to trust the science of the Covid-19 vaccine. This vaccine prevents a child from having a severe illness. To keep every family safe, the best thing is to read more about the vaccine in the links attached and schedule an appointment today. As a community, people have to keep moving forward against this disease, not backward. 

 

The Cherry Hill Public School District is holding vaccination clinics at Kilmer Elementary, Kingston Elementary, and Sharp Elementary starting November 16th. To schedule a child’s vaccination appointment today, click the link below and scroll to the end of the home page.

 

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Information at Cherry Hill Public Schools

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Skipping through time- part seven http://www.westlionsroar.com/a-short-story/2021/06/18/skipping-through-time-part-seven/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/a-short-story/2021/06/18/skipping-through-time-part-seven/#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:44:51 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2092 “This should be fun,” Kimberly sighs as she hops off of the Q40, heading towards the hair salon where her mother works.    Kimberly decides she should be the person who convinces her mother to meet James and Ivory at the park they agreed on to settle things.   Still, Kimberly can’t seem to shake...

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“This should be fun,” Kimberly sighs as she hops off of the Q40, heading towards the hair salon where her mother works. 

 

Kimberly decides she should be the person who convinces her mother to meet James and Ivory at the park they agreed on to settle things.

 

Still, Kimberly can’t seem to shake her uneasiness, and the heat from the overbearing sun isn’t helping. “He said it was on this block?” Kimberly mumbles to herself as she continues to walk. 

 

Observing the surrounding area, Kimberly sees kids playing, while men stand in front of their cars to show them off as they argue about last night’s basketball game. 

 

Brought back to reality, Kimberly feels a pounding vibration in her head. “Where is this place?” Kimberly grunts, a cell phone and a quick Google search would come in handy. 

 

Kimberly’s feet drag her around for two blocks. Looking down at her transparent hands, Kimberly whimpers, “at this rate I’ll be gone in the next two hours.”  

 

“Girl, are you sure this is the place?” 

 

“Yes, my mom gave me the address and you know she doesn’t play about her hair.” Kimberly shoots her head up. 

 

“I’m not sure Eliana. I like the one I already go to.” Kimberly’s eyes rest on two women standing next to a hair salon, and not any hair salon, but the one where Kimberly’s mother works. 

 

“This is it,” Kimberly says, walking up to the salon. A hot pink sign that says ‘All That Hair Salon’ covers the building. 

 

The two women were still at the door debating whether to enter. Slipping past them, Kimberly walks through the already opened door. 

 

Welcomed by the smell of hair products, the chatter of women sitting in chairs, and the sound of multiple blow dryers, Kimberly walks up to the receptionist’s table. 

 

“Hi, do you have an appointment?” The receptionist asks Kimberly. 

 

“No but-” Kimberly gets cut off before she can finish her sentence. 

 

“Would you like to make one?” Opening up a book, the woman is ready to write a date. 

 

“No but I’m-” 

 

“Then what are you doing in a hair salon?” Snapping the book closed, the woman picks up a hand fan to cool herself off from the heat. 

 

Closing her eyes, Kimberly calms down. “I’m not here to make an appointment. I’m looking for Leah Cole?” Kimberly feels herself getting dizzy, resting against the table as she waits for the woman’s response. 

 

“What do you need her for?” She asks so many questions, no wonder why this is her job. Kimberly thinks. 

 

Reading Kimberly’s face, the woman drops her hand fan. “Fine, I’ll be right back.” Rising from her seat, Kimberly watches as the woman disappears into the back. 

 

Turning away from the receptionist’s table, Kimberly’s back feels the hot air coming from the hairdryers. She remembers sitting underneath those when she was younger and couldn’t stand one minute of it. 

 

“Hello?” Leah calls from behind her. Jumping, Kimberly turns around to face her, the receptionist sitting back in her seat. 

 

“Leah-” Kimberly starts before getting cut off. 

 

“You again?” Leah grunts. Kimberly nods her head. 

 

“Surprise,” Kimberly says sarcastically. “Do you have a moment?” Kimberly asks the daring question, waiting for her mom’s response. Kimberly can’t help but notice how much they look alike. 

 

Her mom has short hair that rests on her shoulder, her eyes are almond-shaped, and her skin tone is brown. The yellow top she has on compliments her skin tone. 

 

“I’m kind of busy right now,” Leah answers, crossing her arms and dropping her shoulders. Kimberly can’t let this be her last chance. Kimberly speaks up. 

 

“Then let me get out what I want to say quickly,” Kimberly starts, eyeing Leah. She stands still with her arms crossed. Just like her dad, Kimberly can’t read her mom’s face either. 

 

“I didn’t mean for you and James to break up. It was wrong of me to put in my two cents. Your problem should’ve been between you guys, not me,” Stopping, Kimberly checks for any reaction from her mom. 

 

Before Kimberly continued, she closed her eyes, feeling dizzy again. “Of course I can’t change your mind, but maybe James can? He wants to apologize and work things out. Can you meet him at Roy Wilkins Park at 6pm?” 

 

Kimberly feels her heart racing rapidly. Her mom’s response is her life on the line. 

 

“I’ll think about it,” Leah responds, uncrossing her arms. Although it isn’t the answer Kimberly wants, it’s better for Kimberly to not push her mom for another answer. 

 

Nodding her head, Kimberly softly smiles. “Yeah, that’s fine. Hopefully, you’ll be there.” Turning around, Kimberly walks out of the salon. 

 

*****

 

“It’s so hot,” Ivory mumbles. She’s been sitting at the park with Kimberly’s father for fifteen minutes. They have felt like forever. It’s 6 o’clock and the heat isn’t letting up. 

 

“You hate the heat, huh?” James asks while sitting beside Ivory. “Well if I had to choose between being in an AC room versus the park? I would choose the first option in a heartbeat.” 

 

Ivory hears James snicker as she fans herself to cool down.

For the past fifteen minutes, the two have had small talk, only about Kimberly and Leah. It’s no shock that the two share the same personality, they are mother and daughter. 

 

“Did she get lost?” James questions. 

 

Ivory doesn’t have a clue and shrugs. “You got me.” 

 

“Why don’t you beep her?” James suggests, taking a sip from his water bottle. 

 

Ivory stops fanning herself. “Beep her?” She repeats the words that sounded foreign. 

 

Removing the bottle from his hand, James stares at Ivory. “What? You don’t have one? What year were you born in?” Ivory isn’t sure if James is asking a rhetorical question, so she answers it anyway. 

 

“2…” Ivory replies casually. Eyeing James, his eyes widen, realizing what she said Ivory laughs it off. “The heat is killing me. I was born in ‘74.” 

 

“‘74? Man, I got you beat by three years, but you seriously don’t have a beeper?” Shaking her head, Ivory continues to fan herself in the heat. 

 

James and Ivory sit in silence as they watch everything in front of them–boys are playing basketball, kids are running around the playground, and the elders sit on the bench talking. 

 

“What time is it?” Ivory questions, rubbing the sweat off of her forehead. 

 

“Six fifteen,” he answers. Ivory sighs and is starting to worry about Kimberly’s whereabouts. “Is that her?” James points to a figure walking towards them sluggishly. 

 

Ivory snaps her head and jumps up, “Kim!” James is behind Ivory as she runs over to Kimberly. 

 

“Sorry I’m here so late. I think I got lost,” Kimberly whispers. Ivory notices how different she looks. Her eyes are baggy and she feels weak in Ivory’s hold. 

 

“Why don’t you sit? I think you’re having a heat stroke,” James helps guide Kimberly to a shaded bench, sitting down. Kimberly rests her head on Ivory’s shoulder. 

 

“I’ll go grab some icies. Stay here,” James says, running to the ice cream truck. Ivory softly shakes Kimberly. “Kim? What’s wrong? Stay awake,” Ivory pleads. She can’t lose her best friend because of a simple mistake.

 

“I don’t think she’s coming,” Kimberly tells Ivory, leaning further into Ivory’s arms. 

 

“Who?” Ivory asks. “Leah? What makes you think that?” Ivory keeps pouring out questions. 

 

“She seemed uninterested with what I had to say,” Ivory says nothing as Kimberly talks. “Everything feels so weird, I feel like I’m slipping from this world,” Kimberly tells Ivory as a breeze washes over them. 

 

“Kim, she’ll come, and then we can go back home, to our friends and parents. We’ll make it back home,” Ivory’s eyes fill with tears as she watches Kimberly’s eyes flutter. 

 

“I don’t know Ivory,” Kimberly shuts her eyes. 

 

“Kim?” Ivory shakes her. “Come on, wake up.” Continuing to shake her best friend, Ivory wipes her tears. “Kim this isn’t funny, wake up,” Ivory can still feel Kimberly however her words aren’t getting to her. 

 

“I’m back-” 

 

“James?” Ivory takes her focus off of a fainted Kimberly and looks up to Leah and James. 

 

“Leah,” James stutters, placing the icies next to Ivory. James stares at Ivory and Kimberly, and Ivory waves him off. 

 

Ivory watches the couple as they approach one another, “I didn’t think you would come,” James rubs the back of his head. 

 

“Me neither, but something told me I should,” Leah admits holding onto her purse. 

 

“Um, I want to apologize, if I can?” James asks. In the distance, Ivory can hear a phone ring. 

 

“I want to do the same,” Leah responds, a small smile playing on her lips. 

“Then I’ll go first. I’m sorry for being unavailable recently. Work at the shop has gotten hectic and it’s only me and my dad to take care of things. Trust me, I want to be with you all the time, but I also have to help my dad out.” Stopping James, Leah hurries to apologize. 

 

Ivory can still hear that phone ringing in the distance. She also feels something shift underneath her. Looking down at Kimberly, she is still unconscious. 

 

“James, I get it. I’m sorry for overreacting like that the other day. I guess I got fed up with you talking about the shop all the time instead of what we were doing,” Leah tells her boyfriend. 

 

Ivory is listening to James and Leah make up and the phone ringing. Taking another look at Kimberly, she sees her eyes fluttering. “Kim?” Ivory whispers. 

 

“I’m sorry Leah. I promise I won’t do that anymore. I’ll only talk about work when I’m at work, okay?” 

 

Laughing, Leah nods her head, agreeing to the idea. “I’d like that.” Returning the smile, James pulls Leah in for a hug. 

 

Ivory is closely watching Kimberly. “Did you hear that? They got back together, Kim.” 

 

Kimberly weakly smiles, “Did they?” Jumping, Ivory’s heart is ready to leave her chest. 

 

“Kim?!” Ivory shakes Kimberly. 

 

“Ivory?” Kimberly looks up at Ivory with a smile. 

 

Ivory hugs Kimberly tightly. The two can hear Leah and James walking over to them. “Are you feeling any better?” James leaves Leah’s side to ask Kimberly. 

 

“Yeah, thank you.” 

 

“We should be thanking you,” Leah says, smiling brightly at Kimberly. 

 

“We did nothing special,” Ivory says, joining the conversation. 

 

James and Leah look at each other before looking at the two of them again. “You two did nothing special?” James says with a surprised look on his face.

 

Laughing, Kimberly changes her answer. “Okay, then I guess you can say that we did do something special.” Ivory looks down at Kimberly’s hand. One is slowly reappearing. 

 

Ivory hears the pay phone in the distance. Is it them? Ivory wonders. She is getting ready to tell Kimberly before Leah interrupts with a question.

 

“By the way, what are your names?” Leah asks.

 

Looking at each other, Ivory and Kimberly share the same look. “Um” Ivory begins. 

 

“It’s Kimberly and Ivory,” Kimberly ends up replying with their names. 

 

“Kimberly and Ivory, those names suit you two. I always said that if I had a daughter, I would name her Kimberly. Isn’t that funny?”  

 

Smiling, Kimberly agrees with the name choice. “She’ll love her name. You two will make great parents in the future,” Kimberly says. 

 

“Let’s get to marriage first?” James quickly adds, bursting into laughter. Everyone stares at each other.

 

Kimberly is content with how she met her parents, although at the risk of her almost disappearing. She’s happy with this new memory.

 

Hearing the phone ring for the last time, Ivory tugs at Kimberly. “Well, I think it’s safe to say that we did our job here,” Ivory says. 

 

“You two did more than enough. Do you guys need a ride anywhere?” Leah questions holding onto James’ arm. Ivory and Kimberly shake their heads, wrapping their arms around each other’s shoulders.

 

“No, we’re fine. We already have a ride,” Kimberly responds. “Then we’ll see you around, Kimberly and Ivory,” James replies to them. 

 

“See you around,” walking away, Ivory and Kimberly head over to the telephone booth.

 

“Are you ready?” Ivory asks. “Of course. I miss the digital era,” Kimberly complains. Laughing with one another, Kimberly and Ivory place their hands on the phone and pick up. 

 

AUTHORS NOTE: 

Hello everyone! This is Dani Dieudonne, the author of ‘Skipping Through Time.’ Thank you to everyone who read the story. I hope you enjoyed every chapter as the characters Ivory and Kimberly helped get Kimberly’s parents back together,as well as finding their way home! I would also like to thank the people who helped edit the story and get all of the parts out! This short story couldn’t have been done without you all! Stay safe this summer! And don’t put your two cents into anyone’s arguments, you never know who they might be! 

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With the school year coming to an end, you might be wondering what you’re going to do with the upcoming two months of summer break.  However, this article is here to help!  The following five headings are ideas for what to do this summer if you’re feeling bored.

  • Sleep In!

While this might not apply to you, many people have had irregular sleep schedules this past school year while juggling extracurricular activities, homework, jobs, taking care of siblings, and finding time for themselves.  This summer, take some time to sleep in a few extra hours in the morning.  You won’t regret it.

  • Self-Care

The pandemic took its toll on everyone, so it can’t hurt to focus on yourself for a little while.  Taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, can have tremendous benefits.  Try to focus on the positive aspects of life, and seek help if you’re struggling.  Remember, no one is perfect, so don’t beat yourself up over mistakes.  Learn from them, and try to do better.

  • Summer Homework

Before you roll your eyes and keep scrolling, hear me out!  Teachers assign homework over the summer every year, and each year it seems like so much work that people put it to the side and wait until the last minute to start it.  Honestly, doing that just causes even more stress.  The sooner you start, the sooner you can finish it, and stop worrying about it.  If you wait until the last week of summer, not only are you putting a lot of pressure on yourself to finish it quickly, you also end up not enjoying your last week of freedom before school begins again.  Plus, even though you might be trying to avoid thinking about all that homework, your brain doesn’t let you completely forget.  The idea of doing your homework will be stuck in the back of your head, nagging at you to finish it.  You won’t be able to really enjoy your summer if you’re constantly thinking about the work you have to get done before time runs out.

  • Binge Movies/ Netflix

Let’s be honest, this is all we want to do this summer.  Luckily, there are a lot of movies coming out in the next few months, such as:

  1. In The Heights, releasing June 11 on HBO Max and in theaters
  2. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard), releasing June 16 in theaters
  3. Fatherhood, releasing June 18 on Netflix
  4. False Positive, premiering June 25 on Hulu
  5. Black Widow, premiering July 9 on Disney + and in theaters
  6. Old, releasing July 23 in theaters
  7. CODA, premiering August 13 on Apple TV+
  8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, releasing September 3 in theaters
  • Spend Time With Friends

Quarantining in light of the pandemic caused a lot of people to miss out on seeing their friends.  This summer, try to meet up with them once in a while if you can.  You never know what could happen.  Plus, the CDC recently released new guidelines about wearing masks outside- so if you feel comfortable, you can see your friends’ faces (while staying properly distanced).  However, if you don’t get a chance to go out and meet with them, try to stay in touch.  A text here or there won’t take much time out of your day.

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How Climate Change is Affecting the World http://www.westlionsroar.com/uncategorized/2021/06/16/how-climate-change-is-affecting-the-world/ http://www.westlionsroar.com/uncategorized/2021/06/16/how-climate-change-is-affecting-the-world/#respond Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:06:20 +0000 https://www.westlionsroar.com/?p=2074  Source: USA Today (Scientists are seeing an ‘acceleration of pandemics’: They are looking at climate change)   Introduction “The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.12 degrees Fahrenheit (1.18 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and other human activities,” according to...

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 Source: USA Today (Scientists are seeing an ‘acceleration of pandemics’: They are looking at climate change)

 

Introduction

“The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.12 degrees Fahrenheit (1.18 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and other human activities,” according to an article on NASA’s website, Global Climate Change.  Earth’s climate is changing, in what scientists predict is not a good way.  There are many things that contribute to our planet’s changes over the past few decades, such as carbon emissions, an increase in greenhouse gases, and deforestation, to name a few.


Source: Global Living (
https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/cost-to-end-climate-change/)

 

A well-known factor contributing to climate change is carbon emissions.  People have generally been aware of how the exhaust from cars, buses, trains, etc has been affecting the planet by damaging the ozone layer.  However, there are many other reasons why the earth’s climate has changed so drastically.  An example of this is known as the Greenhouse Effect, which occurs when greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, have built up, causing some of the heat from the sun to stay contained in the atmosphere, according to EUClimateAction.  Deforestation is another critical factor in the reason why climate change has begun to occur.  WWF New Zealand stated, “Deforestation [is a cause of climate change] because living trees absorb and store carbon dioxide”.

 

“Climate change is not just a problem for later generations.”

 

How The World Has Been Affected So Far

 

There have already been significant changes around the world due to climate change.  For example, the world’s temperatures are changing.  The Weather Channel, in an article about average temperatures, stated that the temperature norms have changed, with much of the United States “expected to have a warmer annual average temperature.”  However, other areas will have colder than average temperatures, showing that climate change is not just a problem for later generations.  This means that normal temperatures around the world are changing.  The summers you might be used to could end up being much warmer, or the winters colder.   Another effect climate change has had on the planet is the movement of the poles.  Space.com mentioned, “In 1995, polar drift changed direction completely, and between that year and 2020, the speed of the pole movement increased about 17 times compared to the average speed measured between 1981 and 1995, according to the AGU.”  This is not a good thing, no matter how you look at it.

What is Predicted to Happen as an Effect of Climate Change

 

As President Biden mentioned during the Climate Summit, this is the decisive decade.  NASA predicts that temperatures will rise, more droughts, stronger hurricanes, and patterns of precipitation will change.  They also mentioned that the Arctic’s ice will be mostly melted by the next decade.  An article called “The Effects of Climate Change” explains this in more depth.  It also mentions that sea levels are predicted to rise up to eight feet by 2100.  This could cause a lot more flooding in areas near a coast.

Source: BBC News (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24021772)

Source: Environmental Defense Fund; copyright: Josef Friedhuber

What is Being Done About Climate Change?

Recently, there was an Earth Day Climate Summit that many world leaders attended.  President Biden announced that he wants to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 50% in the next decade.  According to an article from USA Today, Biden stated, “‘Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade, this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of a climate crisis.’’  In other words, we need to take action against climate change now.  However, Biden also mentioned that the US represents 15% of the world’s emissions, and that “‘No nation can solve this crisis on our own… All of us, and particularly those of us who represent the world’s largest economies, we have to step up.’”

Source: youmatter article (https://youmatter.world/en/definition/climate-change-meaning-definition-causes-and-consequences/)

Conclusion/ What can you do?

Although world leaders are aware of climate change, it’s not enough.  There are many ways you can help reduce climate change, such as simple things like recycling and using different forms of transportation.  Different forms of transportation include riding buses, trains, bikes, carpooling, or even walking.  These are just a few examples of what you can do.  Click here for an article by NRDC about what you can do to help stop global warming.

 

Sources

 

NASA

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

 

EUClimateAction

https://ec.europa.eu/clima/change/causes_en

 

WWF New Zealand

https://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/climateaction/causes_of_climate_change/

 

The Weather Channel

https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2021-01-04-1991-2020-new-noaa-climate-normals

 

Space.com

https://www.space.com/climate-change-tilting-earth-axis

 

USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/04/22/president-biden-pledge-reduction-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions/7307038002/

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