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Didn’t Watch The Super Bowl? Here’s What You Missed.

On Sunday, February 5th, Super Bowl 51 filled the TV’s of many football lovers. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons took the field leaving many people on the edge of their sofa’s the entire game. The New England Patriots have participated in 9 total Super Bowls, and as of Sunday, won five of them. But sitting through the game, we expected a different turnout. At halftime, The Falcons were in the lead with a 21-3 score. The Patriots slowly crept up on the Atlanta team during the second half making it the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. The game ended 34-28 with the Patriots turning the game around and defeating the Falcons.

Football wasn’t the only exciting part about Super Bowl 51. Lady Gaga flew into halftime and took every one by surprise. Yes, she actually flew. Gaga started her show on the roof with a mash-up of “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” before jumping down to the field bonded by a rope. Making it to her set, she performed many well known songs, while including a new one. “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Hello, Hello,” “Just Dance,” “Million Reasons,” and “Bad Romance” were iconically sung and danced to while she hugged fans between songs. The performance included many costume changes and several backup dancers. It was truly fun to watch and quickly took over the internet.

With The Patriots making a significant comeback defeat against The Falcons, Lady Gaga putting on an amazing halftime performance, and Tom Brady now having enough NFL championship rings to fill one hand. Super Bowl 51 is now one for the books.

Meitu Makes Its Way To BHS from Japan

Teens everywhere are obsessed with selfies. The interest and attention towards using cute or funny filters as a form of entertainment has exploded among high school students. Snapchat is always there to provide a laugh or a smile with their clever and amusing filters, such as adding dog ears or vomiting rainbows. However, Snapchat isn’t the only app to provide this service.

Meitu is a Japanese photo filter app. It’s been out for a few years overseas, but is just now gaining attention and popularity in the United States. The app turns your selfies into anime looking ones and can be fun and entertaining. It can add sparkles to your eyes and make them larger, give you porcelain skin, and sharpen your jawline to make you look more like an anime character than yourself. Barberton High School senior, Michael Holtzapple, got ahold of the app and gave BHS staff members makeovers using it. The video below shows the aftermath of his experiment.

BHS freshman Michael Kelley had this to say about the app.

“The app is an interesting one to use, but requires you to download more apps to make it more entertaining.

– Michael Kelley


The company is definitely proud of the app’s success and boasts about its millions of downloads. Is it worth a try?

If you do use the app, make sure you use it with caution. Alfred Ng, CNet author, spoke of the privacy concerns, “for a photo-editing app, Meitu has some rather unusual lines of code in its iOS version. And the Android version asks for an awful lot of permissions. This has raised concerns the company could be spying on users in order to sell data to ad-targeting firms.” Some say it asks for too many permissions and too much private information; but that’s for you to decide.

“for a photo-editing app, Meitu has some rather unusual lines of code in its iOS version. And the Android version asks for an awful lot of permissions. This has raised concerns the company could be spying on users in order to sell data to ad-targeting firms.”

-Alfred Ng

Currently, BHS doesn’t seem to be inundated with Meitu users. It’s just now beginning to catch fire in the United States, so only time will tell. Judging by the video below, there seems to be fun to be had with the app if the user is not concerned with the privacy issues.


2016 Hottest Year on Record

Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years on record have occurred since 2000.

-UN World Meteorological Organization

2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row. Climate scientists say that greenhouse gas pollution, which humans are creating by burning fossil fuels and chopping down rain forests, contributed to the 2016 record, but the biggest contribution is pollution and its long term effects. A pollutant is a substance that when in the environment, poisons our air, land and water and it’s chemicals have poisoned all of the world, harming humans, wildlife, and plant life, on land, sea and air.  

NASA recently released a video of the earth as it appears when scanned through carefully placed sensors all across the globe. It shows that while our home is known as the “blue planet,” it hardly has any blue (cold spots) remaining on it. It is mostly covered in bright yellow hues marking moderately warm temperatures and red zones indicating extremely hot temperatures.

If this trend continues, it is uncertain what the future holds for this planet. This is why the topic of global warming continues to be one frequently discussed today, and a hot button issue with the new president.

”Global warming has never ‘paused’ and we are anticipating an acceleration of temperature changes within a few decades.”

-Dr. Gavin Schmidt

Trump’s Pipeline Orders: A Glimpse Into the New Era of Washington

It is always a good sign whenever any president makes taking positive steps related to your industry a top priority.  That is definitely the case here, given that the President chose to issue these orders just four days into his new Administration.

-David Blackmon (Contributor and Analyst from

The first week of the Trump Presidency has brought a cluster of firestorm and controversy. Whether it has been about the violent riots that surrounded the inauguration ceremony, or one of the President’s controversial executive orders, one can agree that the transition of power has been one full of anxiety. However, since his swearing in, President Trump is all in on his agenda to bring this country back to the dominant power in the world that our nation was once recognized as. A flurry of executive orders and other bill creations are taking our country full swing into a new era of Washington.  Whether you agree with the President or not, he is making good decisions for the majority of the American people, and it has indeed started the long road to “making America great again.”

The most recent executive order he is carrying is to allow the construction of two major oil pipelines that will run through the northern midwest. These being the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines respectively. These two pipelines will pump ethical, Canadian oil into our country. However, the main reason that this was a great decision is that according to President Trump, will create “twenty-eight thousand jobs.”

“We’ll see if we can get the pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs.”

-President Trump

On top of the job creation, it potentially gives the United States a fresh and more plentiful supply of crude oil which can be used for anything from gasoline to plastics. The benefits of that seem to be endless. For example, gas prices could potentially fall, petroleum engineers now have bigger job opportunities to put their skills to use, and etcetera. The cherry on top of all this is that we can keep more of our soldiers safe, since we hopefully won’t have to send as many if any men overseas to remove oil from a hostile country like Saudi Arabia or Iraq.


Of course, passing this order is being met with some opposition from the inhabitants of the area where the pipeline passes through, and other environmentalists who insist Trump change his mind.

“President Trump will live to regret his actions this morning, he will meet a wall of resistance the likes of which he never imagined”

-Michael Brune

The argument of the pipelines hurting the environment seems to be a little unnecessary, as the majority of the land the pipeline will go through is empty land which is mainly flat and plain filled. Also, the pipelines will not be close to any immediate bodies of water. Though it may be hard to see for some, the construction of this pipeline is an obvious good decision. Hopefully, many more decisions like this are passed so that the great citizens of this country, along with President Trump, can make America great again.

For further reading USA Today provides a great article:

Grease Hand Jives its Way into the BHS Theater this Spring

“Grab your poodle skirts and leather jackets. It’s going to be a wild, electrifying ride”
Zach Wilson

The 1978 movie Grease continues to entertain from generation to generation, but will Grease lovers actually be familiar with the show The Barberton High School Vocal Music Department will be putting on in March?

While enjoying the show, the audience will notice that this version of Grease is very unfamiliar to those who have never watched the musical. The scenes and actions of the characters are nothing like the movie. Love interests, the characters’ personalities, and scenes are all switched up. The viewer may even say, “This is not Grease.”

Sometimes different is good. Mrs. Petrarca, the theater director, has this to say about the upcoming musical, “Grease is a highly energetic, fun event that should be entertaining to all. If you enjoy dancing, joking, and a little bit of drama you won’t be disappointed.” The entire cast is filled with great talent and dedicated members who plan to make this musical one to remember. You can catch Zachary Wilson as Danny Zuko and Faith Fetherston as Sandy Olson. The cast is working hard and quickly getting things ready for the spring.

Don’t forget to purchase a ticket in March for a show full of dancing, singing, and fun, to support your BHS vocal music department. The show will run on March 23rd, until March 26th.

“Grease is a highly energetic, fun event that should be entertaining to all. If you enjoy dancing, joking, and a little bit of drama you won’t be disappointed.”
-Mrs. Petrarca


Women’s March on Washington Takes America by Storm

Thousands of men and women across America gathered in the biggest cities in order to show their support for women’s rights after President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. It was during these protests that people voiced their opinions and oppositions against the newest president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Women’s March on Washington alone, along with large gatherings in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York, St. Paul, and Los Angeles. According to on sight witnesses, the protest was as peaceful as it gets as thousands of people descended on the National Mall, with zero arrests, which is sharp in contrast to the 230 arrests during the anti-Trump protest the Friday earlier. Reports show that police were civil while participants were spreading positivity about their cause. Celebrities including Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Ariana Grande made their appearance at marches across the country, showing their support for Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, and the fight against misogyny. Madonna gave a speech in Washington, expressing her beliefs, and ending it with “I hope that people don’t just forget today. I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”

“The Women’s March making history as the largest protest in US history with an estimated 2.9 million Americans is undeniable proof that the people of our nation will never lie down and give up their rights as humans nor will we continue to allow anyone to oppress the rights of others. To me the march is ultimately a symbol of hope and compassion for humanity and will certainly leave its mark on our country and its politics in the coming years.”

 – Madelyn Scoville, 12th grade


“As a teenager and a feminist, it was extremely encouraging and comforting to know that there are millions of other people who are willing to speak up for the issues that directly affect and concern me

– Lily Metsker, 10th grade

Trump’s President…Now what?

Donald Trump’s inauguration took place January 20th, 2017 around noon in Washington D.C. During his speech he discussed the, “power being given back to the people” and how, “the people are once again the rulers of this country.”

 America as a whole must team up against gangs, drugs, and violence that has stolen so many lives because their suffering is our suffering since America is one nation

-Donald Trump

With the media, many of those who don’t know him personally, spouting negatives on Trump, many question, what is Trump really like? It seems no one really holds a clear, unbiased opinion. Logically, no one should want Trump to fail because this would lead to the failure of America as a whole.

It appears people are far from happy with the results of the election. Multiple people parading around with signs saying, “Not my president.” Others protesting Trump’s title.  Meanwhile President Barack Obama talked about Trump in his farewell speech and the crowd started to boo. He quickly told the crowd not to boo him and even promised that president elect will have a smooth transition and that his cabin/ council will make sure of it.

Ray Brown also met with trump, “I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping African-American, black people and that’s why I’m here,” Brown told news station CNN after the meeting. He later admitted that while he didn’t personally vote for Trump, he admires him for “surviving” the election.

Many others who have differences with Trump also were able to sit down with him and discuss their differences and not a single one of them endured a negative experience. This may cause people to wonder if Trump’s method is a way of getting attention, does he actually mean it, or is it all a cover? Only time can tell where America will end up with Donald Trump.

Barberton High School Reacts to School Threat on Social Media

On December 18, 2016, Barberton High School received a threat on an app called “After School”. Security was briefly amped up, with police officers at every entrance.  Many parents were outraged that school wasn’t cancelled due to the threat. Social media was ablaze with fear on that day. I was not afraid and made the decision to attend school to see what was going to happen. Attendance was at an all time low.. My largest classes were mostly empty and I left after 5th period. This incident exposes the power that social media has on our lives. The students who made the threat were disciplined by BHS administration. I made a video documenting my day.

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