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The Chris Herren Assembly

We pay way too much focus on the worst day and not the first day.”

-Chris Herren

February 7th, 2018 is a day that many students at Northeast High School will remember forever. Chris Herren opened our eyes to the reality of drugs and alcohol abuse and how many people around us are affected by it. Throughout seven years, Herren has been traveling to schools all over the country sharing his story and spreading awareness. His speeches are very unique compared to other speakers. He tells personal stories of himself and other children who he has seen whose lives were either taken or affected by drugs and alcohol abuse. Herren’s goal is simple--he wants to have an impact on at least one kid. This emotional assembly was nothing to laugh about, simply because the topics he covered hit home for the some of the students in our school. Some topics he covered were parents neglecting our social life, parents that suffer from addiction, and the impact you have on your younger siblings. Herren also gave advice on what to do if you yourself or someone you know who is struggling with addiction. Instead of bashing them or ignoring it, just ask why? Herren connected drugs and alcohol abuse to self-esteem and self-worth. He emphasized the statement that, “Drugs will not make you cool nor will it form you into the person you thought you would be.” Thank you, Chris Herren, for coming to our school and telling us your story; you have surpassed your goal because I am sure that you have had an impact on more than one student in our school.

Audience Questions:

How do you overcome a loss?

“You lose and you may lose again but never go back to drugs or alcohol. I will never run away from loss, but I will always run away from drugs.”

Why do parents not care?

“Parents yell at as about getting better grades and do better in sports. They never check in on us socially. They never check in because they are scared of the answer they could get.”

Following the assembly, we took the time to interview a few students and teachers who attended to get their thoughts on the assembly, and how it made them feel. Their responses are as follows:

Junior Lexi Ferguson said, “It really opened my eyes to see that the people around me go through more than we know. I thought it was upsetting, but enlightening.”

Sophomore Colton Shamer said, “I thought it was a very good message that included very good advice that reached a lot of people. Although it made me feel sad because it opened my eyes to see how much my generation has to go through.”

We also interviewed a couple of teachers to obtain their thoughts on the assembly:

AP Lang Teacher Mrs. Gulbasar said, “I liked his message regarding the first day of doing drugs.”

Marine Instructor MSG Mattis adds to that thought in saying, “It made me see that a lot of students suffer in this school. It confirmed my thoughts about depression in the school, and how many students are hiding it behind smiles and laughs. It was a very moving message.”  

It is clear that Mr. Herren’s words touched the hearts of many people in our school. This assembly should encourage us to face who we are, and get help with our issues if we need it. It has also shown us that each one of us suffers a little in some way, so we as a community should support each other. Article by: Erin Hughes & Jasmine Webb

Eagle News presents: Letters to the Lost

and Brigid Kemmerer author visit!

Brigid Kemmerer, a local author, came to Northeast High School on February 27th, 2018. A widely renowned author, Kemmerer has written the Elemental Series Thicker Than Water, and a juvenile fiction story, Letters to the Lost, along with a follow up book, More Than We Can Tell, which was released exclusively and graciously to the Northeast High School library.

While at Northeast, Kemmerer explained the process of publishing a book both traditionally and through the process of self-publishing. She included details about her own writing experience by describing each detail of her fulfilling journey, from rejection and what she felt were shortcomings to her overall success, to help the students understand what it takes to become a published and successful author. Kemmerer also shared insight with the students when they had questions and kept the audience engaged by asking questions of her own and maintaining a very friendly attitude.

Although only a few select students could attend the meeting with the author, Kemmerer impacted the lives of the students she was able to meet by giving them sound advice and clarifying specifics about the book Letters to the Lost, which the students were given to read as an optional book and was absolutely loved by a majority of the student body, that helped the students comprehend what she was thinking while writing it and about the characters or other general aspects of the book.

Kemmerer’s visit was enhanced by her wittiness and how personable she was along with her kindness and gratitude that she expressed towards each student. The students were grateful for the experience, whether they wanted to pursue writing or not, and enjoyed her coming to Northeast. Kemmerer signed book to each student personally, and, overall, her visit was an amazing experience that Northeast would gladly part take in again.

Article by: Amaya Madarang

Eagle News presents: How Eagles are Changing the Environment

By Amaya Madarang and Chloe Alimurong

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A real world crisis that needs to be solved FAST!

“If we can’t all swim together, we will sink. There is no plan B, because there is no planet B.” In the words of Ban Ki Moon, a UN Secretary-General,  the relationship between humans and the Earth is no better described. Throughout history, humans have caused mass destruction to the environment, by hunting animals to the brink of extinction, polluting the land, water, and air, and exploiting non-renewable resources.  However, every single day humans attempt to change this. People such as Elon Musk, Vandana Shiva, Bill Nye, Leonardo Dicaprio, Wangari Maathai, and Al Gore fight for the environment every single day, along with those who go unseen such as student activists and everyday citizens who recycle. As student environmentalists, we decided to put make a positive footprint on the environment and became involved in spreading the word through this newspaper. What drove us to participate in this was our passion for protecting the environment and for initiating change. In our article we hope to initiate more change throughout the school and show just how the Eagles can change the world! Although the impact may seem small or even insignificant, the Eagles can help the environment everyday at home by becoming vegan or vegetarian, opting for reusable products instead of disposable ones, and saving energy.

Becoming a Vegetarian/Vegan

    The Eagles and other everyday citizens can help the environment  everyday by converting to a vegetarian or vegan. In the article 10 ways vegetarianism can help save the planet John Vidal claims, “Behind most of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates is phenomenally wasteful, land--and energy-hungry system of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, rivers, seas and air, depends on oil and coal, and is significantly responsible for climate change.” This illustrates how switching to become a vegan or a vegetarian can help the environment because the vast lands for farming devastate forests and pollute the air by emitting massive amounts of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide by limiting the trees to absorb it and methane specifically from cows and chicken waste. Also, chicken waste runs into rivers and streams intoxicating the wildlife, which acid rain and a  further build up of greenhouse gases. In another article 4 Reasons Why a Vegetarian Diet is Good for the Environment, the author states, “ Raising animals for food--including acreage allocated for growing feed crops and grazing--gobbles up 30 percent of the Earth’s land.” This further concludes why becoming a vegetarian or vegan helps the environment because not eating animals preserves land and the natural resources on the land.
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    An obstacle for many to becoming a vegan or vegetarian is their perception of limited food options and their love for meat. To bust these myths and prove the impact on the environment can be we interviewed two vegans, Robert Noble and Tanya Campbell.

Question: Do you think that there are enough meat and protein substitutes to compensate for you being vegan?

Answers: “There is a huge myth that you have to eat meat to get protein...There are plenty of other ways to get protein. I am healthy for my age and I have been vegan for 30 years, so I am proof you can get enough protein from plants...I think [meat substitutes] might be a helpful tool for people as they transition to vegan or just try to eat less meat.” (Robert Noble)

“There are tons of protein sources that the Earth provides, besides meat… Organic beans from the supermarket... protein powders with helpful enzymes...seeds...chickpeas and so much more to compensate for cutting meat out of your diet.” (Tanya. Campbell)

Question: Do you think that being a vegan significantly helps the environment?

Answers: “Compassion-an environment where animals do not have to suffer is a better environment. The ‘health’ of the planet-100%...Raising animals for meat requires a lot more water than raising plants and it produces a great amount of methane gas. Animals also carry and spread more disease than plants.” (Rob Noble)

“[Being vegan] eliminates a significant amount of animals that people need to farm and their waste that contaminates the soil, which would be better for the environment. Animals also increase corn and other crop production for their feed...Believe it or not the energy and feelings from the animal live inside the food. Research shows there are increased cancer rates because chemicals [in the animals] get into the body and the body gets defeated because we cannot process them, such a fermadahide being used in fish which is also used in dead bodies to preserve freshness in many super markets.” (Tanya.Campbell)

Question: Do you think it is hard for others to go vegan as well?

Answers: “I think it depends on why they are going vegan. For me it was easy. I first gave up red meat because of a steak I was served in a restaurant...tasted like blood...Then, I read a book about how animals were farmed and slaughtered. I became a vegan half way  through...That was 30 years ago. I have never regretted my choice or missed eating meat or animal products…Old habits are hard to break...I think our culture can make being vegan difficult. People treat me weird...People feel it is ok to lecture me or tell me that I don’t get enough protein...Being a vegan also means being prepared with you own food...so people give up. I have been doing it for a long time so it is simply habit for me.” (Robert Noble)

“I think it is because the world makes is set up to not be vegan. When your driving on the road there’s a Denny’s, Chick-fil-A...places that serve beef and chicken and other meats, no options for people who don’t eat meat. You have to be strong-willed and motivated to help their health the environment...If you walk into your local supermarket and grab a common snack, let’s say Doritos, you expect them to be made out of cheese, corn, ingredients that are supposed to be typically found in a chip. Instead most of your favorite snacks contain milk and soy...not that it’s unhealthy but they are very addictive and it makes people to get out of the matrix of dairy in today’s society.”  (Tanya Campbell)

Switching to Reusable Resources

Simply cannot bear the thought of giving up meat? No worries. Making the change from disposable resources to reusable resources can significantly decrease the impact of the Eagles on the environment.Image result for reusable water bottle

Filtered tap water should be used instead of buying bottled water. (“Ten ways to Stay Green”)

 On the website 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green, the text states, “Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.” This evidence illustrates how switching to reusable resources can decrease environmental damage because using reusable water bottles creates less plastic waste and eventually decreases pollution. Also, assuming that just because something is recyclable it is good for the environment is wrong because according to a study by Recycling Coalition of Utah, “Only about 25% of plastic produced in the U.S is recycled.”  This also shows how switching to reusable resources decrease environmental impact because most people are not tempted to even recycle materials that are recyclable, so buying one of each product would reduce waste. However, the Eagles and others have taken strides to implement reuse as the amount of paper recycled is 66.8%, and in a study conducted by us __% of ninths graders in an average classroom already have reusable water bottles on hand. Also, buying reusable water bottles is just one of the many things that can be reused. Along with real cups, plates, and other kitchenware there are also reusable bags, towels as opposed to paper towels, and many more options to help reduce pollution, oil waste to make products such as plastic bottles, and cut down land used for landfills to hold excess waste.

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    Another way the Eagles can help reduce their eco-footprint is by reducing their energy usage. There are a variety of ways to do so but one of the most common ways is through choice of transportation. An article by Energy Saving Secrets claims, “Cars...are expensive and inefficient in their fuel consumption. You can reduce your carbon footprint massively by walking shorter journeys instead of driving. You’ll also save on petrol costs.” This reveals why saving energy can help the environment because by just walking to school the Eagles can reduce the usage of nonrenewable resources for fuel and the resources used to make the car. However, there are arguments that claim an unhealthy person attempting to walk places will cost more energy than driving than a car because of how the American food system is set up making it so the food the person buys to fuel themselves to compensate for the exercise is more than a car uses. Although this may be true in some cases where the person is going long distance, walking short places and gradually building up stamina should prevent this even in people who are extremely unhealthy. Carpooling, riding a bike, and taking public transportation also cuts down the energy cost when travelling long distance, and can be used for Eagles to get to and from school and other places, such as sport events.

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There are other common ways of helping the environment that Eagles are utilizing. One student switched her light bulbs from incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLs to reduce her impact on the environment. Through clubs, such as the Environmental Science Club that meets every Monday A block in Mr. Imwold’s room, Eagles are also using the recently renovated billboard to find out about clean ups and other ways they can help the environment, such as through composting. Also, the students of the club have removed invasive species and dead plants from the front of the building and utilized hydroponics to efficiently grow large amounts of edible plants without wasting nearly as much space or energy for transportation as commercial farming. Finally, through their own research and experience both in the classroom and at home the Eagles have initiated improvement projects in their home, such as planting gardens and cleaning their community. All of these actions reduce their energy usage and/or restore the environment and is the start of an enormous impact of the Eagles.  Although others may not see it right now, every single small action counts either immediately through action or slowly by spreading information and snowballing response and action. Even though our colors are black and gold the Eagles are going green and soon everyone will know!