Third Meal at School

By Melysia McCrory

Coming back from Christmas break, McDonald County students and administration found out about a small change that could have a large impact.

I believe the third meal program is a great thing for the less fortunate children in the school district.

Mariah Brown; freshman at McDonald County High School

When students receive a meal, there are a few rules. You have to pick two different sides to go along with the entree, and two out of the three items have to be eaten in the school. The last item he/she can take home and eat there. The food is not supposed to be eaten on the bus.

I think it is great. Kids who ride the bus and get home late won’t be super hungry when they get home. Kids who may not get meals at home won’t go hungry.

LaTisha McCrory; employee at Opaa!

Why start having a third meal? At school, a student eats 2/3 meals. When they go home, if there is no food in the house, the child has nothing to eat and will go hungry. If the student decides to get the third meal at school, they will not go as hungry or maybe not at all. According to an article over American hunger by Mashable, “1.16 million American kids struggle with hunger each year. An estimated 48.8 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, about 1 in 5 children go hungry at some point during the year.”

It is helpful to those who don’t have anything to eat when they go home. It also helps conquer the hunger of kids at the end of the day.

Avoleen Joseph; freshman at McDonald County High School

SpongeBob BFBB Review

by Mitch W. Sequeira III
Edited by Will Delancy


DISCLAIMER: There will be two versions of this review. A quick to the point article version, and a more in-depth video version.

With the remake of the game only getting closer and closer, no better time than now to review the game licensed games a new name, SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom.

Story

Well it’s a SpongeBob game, so the story isn’t gonna be the most in-depth or amazing story.

Deep in the laboratory of the Chum Bucket, Plankton has created a machine called the Duplicatotron 3000. A machine that make robots that will cause mayhem and destruction at his command. But for some reason the machine has a Do Not Obey setting, and the machine is already set to that. Cutting to the pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing a game of Robots and Racehorses. Eventually they get bored of the game, and wish to play with real robots. Patrick then drags out a “magic wishing shell,” and the two “wish” for real robots. Overnight, the robots from the Chum Bucket wreak havoc across the entire town of Bikini Bottom and many other places, including SpongeBob’s house. The next morning, the battle for Bikini Bottom begins.

The story, albeit not the best of stories, matches the tone and pace of the first few seasons of the show perfectly. It’s almost like you’re playing an episode of the show. The story also doesn’t have many plot-holes, the only one I can think of is the creation of the surprise antagonist, Robot Plankton. Overall, the story gets a 7/10.

Gameplay

The game itself is a collect-a-thon similar to Super Mario 64 or Banjo-Kazooie, and you have three characters to go through this journey with. SpongeBob, the default and character with the most attacks. Patrick, can do certain things SpongeBob and Sandy can’t do. And Sandy, as previously mentioned. Sandy’s unique feature is she can glide and swing across gaps. Throughout the entire game is 100 Golden Spatulas for you to collect, similar to that of the Power Stars from Super Mario 64.

Winning a Golden Spatula

Some are simply at the end of a level’s pathway. Some are rewarded from doing simple tasks, like bungee jumping. And some make you want to snap your controller in 2. However, there are only three challenges in the whole game that will make you want to do that, and once you figure out how to do them, you can blaze past 2 of them in less than 10 minutes. The game has technically 15 levels with 8 Golden Spatulas to earn (with the exception of boss battles. The difficulty of the game is adaptive. Little to no spikes. The only difficulty spikes are in one level, but I’ll talk about those in the review video.

While not exactly relating to gameplay. The way the game explains certain things… like explaining how your health works.

Health Tutorial

Overall, I mostly wasn’t disappointed.
The gameplay gets a 9/10.

Music

The music sounds like it’s ripped right out of the show. Every song also fits with the area they’re made for. Jellyfish Fields feels bouncy, Rock Bottom sounds ominous, SpongeBob’s Dream sounds like an LSD trip, like the level. I could go on really.
The music gets a 10/10.
Here is a playlist of the entire game’s soundtrack, if you are interested.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO4jlmGoc6uBGBZpLx37EQAynSRjKpS7c

Overall the game gets a 26/30.
Probably one of the best licensed games I’ve ever played, and that’s saying something as most of them are pretty bad. Battle for Bikini Bottom is what a licensed game should be. A fun experience that matches the spirit and tone of its source material, and I’m not the only one who thinks the same way. Some people’s entire YouTube channels are known because of this game.

Speedrun by SHiFT (Clip 1)
Speedrun by SHiFT (Clip 2)

As to what version I recommend, if you want an easy way to play it, the GameCube version, it’s the version you can find the most, and if you have a Wii and GC controller, you can play it on the Wii. However, if you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks, get the original Xbox version. The loading times are shorter, the lighting is better, some “missing” audio clips actually play, and the audio mixer is miles better than the GameCube version. Play this game at least once, you most likely won’t regret it.

If you are interested, here is a more in depth version of the review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKH8gqonbT0

Student Spotlight: Bailey Massey

By Mariah Brown

Bailey Massey is 14. She attends McDonald County High school. Her birthday is April 27th. Massey’s hobbies include playing softball and watching Netflix. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends. Bailey plays softball for the Law-dogs. She has two younger brothers Ethan and Jaxon, who she enjoys playing basketball with. Bailey’s semester goal is to get good grades. Massey’s favorite class is Ag because the class is fun and entertaining. Her favorite food is steak.

When asked what her favorite holiday is she replied,”My favorite holiday is Christmas because I get to spend time with family and friends”.

Bailey’s favorite music is country. Her favorite thing about high school is meeting new people. Massey’s friends would describe her as a funny and outgoing person. If she was to choose her favorite singer, it would be Luke Combs. Massey’s favorite pro football team is the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Rise of BTS

By  Jesseca Raney

BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan (방탄소년단), which in english means Bulletproof Boys. Is a seven member group With the oldest being Kim SeokJin (Jin), Min Yoongi (Suga), Jung Hoseok (J-Hope), Kim NamJoon (RM), Park Jimin (Jimin), Kim Teahyung (V), and Jeon Jungkook (Jungkook) being the youngest. The group officially deputed on June 13th, 2013 under BigHit Entertainment which at the time was a very poor company. Their debut album was called 2Cool 4 Skool with the main song being No More dream. 

BTS in 2013 as HipHop Idol group posted by https://btsdiary.com/ 

At first BTS debuted as a Hip-Hop idol group with other celebrities mocking them and telling them that they had no chance of lasting as a group. In the first few years while the group was receiving more hate then love, many “fans” would go on and tell the group that RM, the leader, and J-Hope that they should leave the group, that they had no talent and where the ugliest members of the group. At one point Bang PD-nim, CEO of BIGHIT, had asked RM if he would like to leave the group and become a solo rapper. This was aa slight test to see where his loyalty lied with his members for that the other six were able to watch the video of RM, known as Rap Monster at the time, thought hard on the decision. His choice odvislelly ws to stay with the group as he is still the leader of the group has of present time. 

2017 bbmas BTS won top social artiest image poted from 

With many people working against the boy group, they never gave up hope. They came close to giving up many times throughout the years but they have kept going and pushing through the hardships. These seven boys in the recent years have preformed at many huge US music events like in 2018 BTS preformed their song Fake Love. 

    BTS at 2019 Grammys; PHOTO: JOHN SHEARER/GETTY IMAGES 

Other US activities they had done where, preforming and talking on Ellen and on the Late Late Show with James Corden. While in the US, the boys also got the chance to become great friends with quite a few American artists that they collaborated with.

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

In 2019 BTS made a collab song with Halsey called Boy With Love. One of the rappers, J-Hope, also in late 2019 bought the old song Chicken Noodle Soup where they mixed not only English and Korean into the song but a good bit of Spanish. In a snippet video of Billie Eillish ,she asked her fans if she should collaborate with BTS. A lot of her fans yelled saying no don’t but in the video Billie looked genuinely offended by this and went on to say how mean they were and saying that BTS are such nice people and really cool people. 

Getty images

During mid 2019 the boys had taken a well needed vacation enjoying time to themselves and getting a chance to just be young-adults instead of idols. Although the group had decided to come back early and are now working tours, being with their fans and getting prepared to release new music to their fans. These seven men have been through thick and thin since 2013, but have become one of the biggest groups in the world. Through the next years, BTS will hopefully continue to make waves with their music and bring joy to those who listen to it. 

BTS is ‘a phenomenon more interesting than the music at its centre’. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage 

Untouchable NBA Records

By Cayden Westgate

Breaking records has always been an achievement players strive for in the NBA. Records like Wilts 100 points is more than likely going to remain untouchable. But the real question is, what is the greatest individual record ever recorded in the NBA?

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game

In Wilt’s time, there was no such thing as a three point line, so all of his buckets were worth two points. If you do the math, he had to score 50 times. It may not seem like a lot, but when you have defenders guarding and no three point line, it seems impossible. Kobe Bryant was the closest to reach 100 with his 81 point performance. Then there were many 70 point games performed by Devin Booker,  David Robinson, David Thompson, and Elgin Baylor. I believe that the list of these players and the amount they have scored can prove that no one will be able to touch Wilts record. If there ever were to be a player to break that record, I believe that it would be James Harden. He has the ability to score on anyone and in almost every situation. Harden has had multiple 60 point games. Many say he is a ball hog, but if you can score over 50 points then I think that gives you the right to call an isolation play whenever you want.

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Russel Westbrook’s Triple Double Season

If you don’t know what a triple double is, it is a stat line of double digits through the stats of points, assists, and rebounds. Westbrook was the first player ever to to average a triple-double for an entire season, he holds the NBA’s career record for triple-double games (181) and previously held the single-season record of 41, which Russell Westbrook broke on April 9, 2017. To be able to acquire 10 plus in every category during a game is pretty hard, especially to be a point guard and get rebounds over big men is challenging. Westbrook also averaged a triple double for 2 seasons in a row. It is a shame he has not won a championship yet.

Klay Thompson’s 3-point Barrage

The Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson broke his teammate Stephen Curry’s record for the most made 3-pointers in a game. Stephen Curry’s record was 13 made 3-pointers made was broken October 29, 2019, on a Monday night against the Chicago Bulls. Klay Thompson managed to put up 14 3-pointers to go along with his 52 points. Being able to shoot and make 14 3-pointers in a game is extremely challenging and difficult. This record might be broken in the future as this league evolves into a shooting era. He may even break his own record in the future.

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Klay Thompson fired up after his amazing performance.

Scott Skiles’ 30 Assists Game

On December 30, 1990, Scott Skiles (point guard for the Orlando Magic) dished out 30 assists in a single game against the Denver Nuggets. The Orlando Magic beat the Nuggets 155-116. To get to 30 assists seems impossible, even 10 getting 10 assists is difficult. This record to me is one of the most impressive records to ever be recorded. 

Wilt Chamberlain’s 55 Rebounds

It is really impressive to hold the record for the most points, but to hold and additional record for the most rebounds in a game is insanely impressive. On November 24, 1960, Wilt snatched up 55 rebounds in a game against Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. I think that this record will never be broken or even be close to being broken. Wilt Chamberlain was 7 foot 1 so it makes since that he would get a good amount of rebounds but no one would ever think it was possible to grab 55 rebounds. I believe that the centers in today’s league will never be able to break that record because of the way the centers are adding the 3-point to their arsenal, causing them to be out on the perimeter, restricting them from getting as much rebounds as they would if they weren’t playing at the 3-point line.

Elmore Smith and his 17 Blocks

On October 28, 1973, Elmore Smith rejected 17 shots in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers and his team (Los Angeles Lakers) managed to win the game 111-98. Smith was a center so that made it a slight bit easier to get 17 blocks, but to even get 10 blocks is insanely good. Along with Wilt Chamberlain’s rebound record, this record is also untouchable. In today’s league, players are more crafty, and smarter with their shot selection, so I definitely think it is harder to get blocked in this league than it was back in the day.

Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill and there Pick Pocketing Skills

Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill share the NBA record for the most steals in a game with 11 steals. To steal a ball from a player is harder than you think, especially if they are an elite ball handler or an elite passer. In today’s league, players like Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, make it hard for a player to steal the ball from them because they are all elite ball handlers and passers. Back when Larry and Kendall played, players really didn’t know how to dribble as well as the elite ball handlers today know how to, and also there may have been a few rule changes with dribbling. 

Senior Spotlight – Grace Poland

By Alexia Estrada

Grace Poland is a senior at MCHS this year. She wants to attend the University of Arkansas for 4 years to become a Physical Therapist.  Outside of school, Grace enjoys spending time with friends, and hanging out at Lily’s house.

                            Grace Olivia Poland

Grace is a member of FFA, NHS, SNHS, and Rho Kappa. Grace played basketball for 8 years, has cheered for 5 years and played volleyball for 4 years. She has also played powder puff for 4 years. What can I say? she’s done it all! 

Grace playing volleyball

I interviewed her classmate, and teacher and they had some nice things to say about her:

“I love Grace’s personality, she always runs errands for me. I love her she’s a great girl.”

– Connie M.

”She always strives to do her best, and she never fails to make anyone smile.”

– Jaylie S
Lily, Grace, and Maggie

Love+Fear: Acoustic Review

By  Jacob Winkler

Love+Fear (Acoustic) is an EP album released by Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis (Know professionally as MARINA, and previously as Marina and the Diamonds) on September 13, 2019. The EP features 5 tracks, all of which are acoustic versions of songs previously released on MARINA’s 4th studio album Love+Fear, which was partially released on April 4, 2019 and entirely on April 26, 2019 (The first 8 tracks of the album, which make up the “Love” aspect of the album, was released before the rest of the album, un-announced). 

The album’s track listing includes acoustic versions of “Orange Trees”, “Superstar”, and “Karma” which are 3 of Love+Fear’s 5 singles, as well as acoustic versions of “True” and “No More Suckers”. I really enjoyed Love+Fear, so I had high hopes for this EP, especially since all of the songs selected for the EP are some of my favorites. I must admit, I was not disappointed. So, here is my honest opinion of each song on the album.

Track Number 1- True (Acoustic)

The first track on the EP is “True”. This upbeat and inspirational bop was written by Diamandis, Jonnalis Parmenius, Oscar Holter, and Oscar Gorres (Also known as OzGo). The song talks about being true to yourself and not listening to the standards and expectations society has set. The song has a beautiful message behind it and MARINA’s vocals are stellar. The acoustic version of the song is slightly slower and less-upbeat than the original, but it is still just as beautiful as the original. 

Track Number 2- Superstar (Acoustic)

The EP’s second track is the second single from “Love+Fear”, “Superstar”. Written by Diamandis, Benjamin Berger, Ryan McMahon, and Ryan Rabin, “Superstar” is a great song that talks about the singer’s great relationship with her partner, whom she calls her superstar (hence the name of the song). Both the acoustic and the original versions of the song are great, but the acoustic version just has a certain tone to it that I love.

Track Number 3- Karma (Acoustic)

The third track on the album and my favorite song from “Love+Fear”, “Karma” is an amazing song written by Diamandis, Jack Patterson, Berger, McMahon, and Rabin. The opening instrumental part is absolutely stunning. Starting with an airy twinkling sound (which is simply programing), it then stops and is replaced with a guitar, mandolin, or ukulele (I’m not sure which one is used, unless all three are) accompanied with twinkling bells, before transitioning into the first verse. When it comes to the verses, chorus, and backing-instrumental, not a lot has changed. You still have Diamandis’s beautifully haunting background vocals, nice lead vocals, and the guitar/ukulele/mandolin backing. The only thing that seems to have changed it the drum mixing and pop programing has been removed. This adds a certain rawness to the song, that just adds to the hunting quality of the song. 

Track Number 4- No More Suckers (Acoustic)

The EP’s fourth track is the next-to-last track on the “Fear” side of “Love+Fear”, “No More Suckers”. Written by Diamandis, Alex Hope, and James Flannigan, the original isn’t exactly the biggest hit on the album (Love+Fear). I personally enjoy the song, but it isn’t the best. Now, as for the acoustic version of the song, it is superior in my opinion. Now, is it the best on the EP? Wel…no. However, in my opinion, it is better than the original. One of the most notable differences between the original and the acoustic is that the chorus has been changed from featuring mostly high notes, to lower notes. In fact, most of the lead vocal section is lower than the original. 

This, mixed with the techy-pop programing being replaced with guitar and what sounds like piano adds a more serious tone to the song, which helps to better convey the song’s message about people taking advantage of you all the time and you finally stopping them. Out of all the songs on this EP, I’d have to say this is my favorite. 

Track Number 5- Orange Trees (Acoustic)

The fifth and final track on the album is the third single from “Love+Fear”, “Orange Trees”. The song was written by Diamandis, Kaj Hassel, Jakob Jerlstorm, and Gorres. In the acoustic version of this song the guitar (and possibly ukulele) are more pronounced, which adds to the overall tone of the song.  The song doesn’t seem any less upbeat than the original, however without the percussion parts and all the pop music programing, it makes the song sound more passionate and slow. This adds a certain beauty to the song, that I personally feel makes the song better than the original. 

If I had to rank the songs on the EP, I’d have to say (from my favorite to least favorite):

  • No More Suckers
  • Orange Trees
  • Karma
  • True
  • Superstar

Obviously, all 16 of the songs from “Love+Fear” couldn’t become acoustic and make it onto the album. However, there are a few I would have liked to see as acoustics. “Handmade Heaven”, “Too Afraid”, “Soft to Be Strong”, “Emotional Machine”, and “To Be Human” are a few tracks I would have liked to see on the album. I feel like acoustic versions of these songs would have been a great edition to the album.

Of course, you probably want to know what other people think of this album. So, I asked a student to listen to the album and tell me what they thought of it. 

I decided to ask senior, Jillian Randolph. When asked about the album, and her opinion on it,  told me: “I really enjoy the album; it makes me think of summer. I don’t listen to that genre much, but I absolutely love it.” She also said her favorite song on the album was “Karma (Acoustic)”.

So, there you have it; my, as-well as a few other people’s opinions on Love+Fear: Acoustic by MARINA.