Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Finals How-To

With finals, AP testing and the SATs and ACTs, high school students have a lot of stress at the end of the year. Here are a few tips on how to maximize your scores while still being able to get sleep at night.

  • Review your notes daily. That way you are studying everyday without putting in a lot of effort.
  • Create acronyms when trying to remember formulas, vocabulary and any other thing that you are trying to remember.
  • Quiz yourself while studying. See if you actually know the items that you are studying.
  • Turn off all distractions. Find some place to study where it is quiet and there is nothing to distract you.
  • Avoid caffeine. Don’t stress yourself out and drink caffeine in order to pull an all nighter.
  • Study for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. Don’t try to cram everything into 20 minutes of studying.
  • Finish study guides one week before the test to insure you have times to ask questions and study the correct material.
  • Take your time. There is no sense in rushing to study everything in one day, spread it out over a few days.

Courtney Ball, Staff Writer | 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Got Spirit?

Pinnacle High School shows off their school spirit
The Magic Kingdom took over the school. Students and staff participated in a Disney themed homecoming spirit week.  
There are many fish in the sea in Finding Nemo’s exposition as the school shows off their Hawaiian wear on Monday, kicking off the week with a limbo contest happened on the quad. Tuesday’s adventure brought out everyone’s wild side just like Indiana Jones. Giddy on up y’all! It’s western day Wednesday with Woody’s round-up. Karaoke happened right outside the F building. Hope everyone had their square dancing shoes on. Thursday, incredible superhero powers were shown in the inflatable bungee run on the quad. A pink-out-after all ended our spirit week! Friday, everyone showed up in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. The pep rally got everyone pumped up for the big game that night!
The support from our Pinnacle High School students and staff, astounded  in this years homecoming spirit week. Truly a magical moment for the school that will never be forgotten.

Cassidy Albright, Online Photographer | 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

Crisis Off The Coast

Europe struggles with refugees as thousands across the Mediterranean

In 2014, over 130,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East made a perilous journey across the Mediterranean in order to seek refuge in Europe. Those 130,000 were all picked up by a combination of European Coast Guard services. 3,200 of those migrants died as a result of trying to cross the ocean. Those statistics only analyze 2014. In what the United Nations declares a "humanitarian crisis", the influx of desperate refugees has accelerated tremendously in 2015.
In 2015 alone, reports indicate that 1,500 migrants have perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean, in one instance over 800 people drowned when a ferry carrying over-capacity sank while the Italian Coast Guard was in mid-rescue. “Why are so many trying to flee to Europe?”, you may ask. There are many reasons , and just as many different locations where mass migration is quite common. Many flee due to a mixture of war, oppression, civil disorder, and poverty. Conditions in their home countries are deplorable at best. Nations like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Somalia are ravaged by war and religious intolerance. Libya serves as the continents gateway to the sea; Italian estimates pinpoint as many as 500,000 to 1 million people currently await travel to Europe.
Many of these refugees do not cross on their own terms. Smugglers in North Africa score hundreds, to thousands of dollars per person by promising them rich rewards and citizenship in Europe. However, all of it is a sham to trick refugees out of their money. The smugglers pack rickety, inflatable rafts (without motors) with dozens of people, without giving them directions or a crew and cast them off to fend for themselves. Those who pay more afford sturdy ferry rides that have at least one captain and crew mate. However, these boats are not meant to traverse the ocean. In actuality, these boats are only meant to go far enough into international waters, so that they may send a distress signal to pull over a coast guard or passer-by cargo vessel. These rescues are often conducted by either trained coast guardsman, or somewhat experienced cargo loaders. Many times, these rescues end in disaster as in the case in April, when 800 perished when most of the refugees ran to one side of the boat in order to signal rescue.
“But why do ships have to rescue people? Can’t they just move on?”, you may also ask. Fortunately, no. By regulation in the European Union, member nations, military or civilian,  must comply in the active search and rescue of naval distress signals. The Italian Coast Guard bears the brunt of the influx with tens of millions of Euros spent on their Coast Guard. European Companies, and even international companies, have taken efforts to spend millions on rescue training. However, companies are becoming wary with these mass rescues as they do not have the medical training, nor security to protect themselves in regards to the migrants should an incident occur. This has forced the E.U. into passing emergency legislation with nations like Britain and Germany promising naval resources to help control the masses arriving by sea.

Estimates by the International Organization for Migration show that a continuation in this influx trend could result in over 30,000 more deaths in 2015. With tens of thousands trying to their chances at crossing the sea, the risk of a fatal accident increases exponentially. As Europe does everything it can to save lives, the world watches anxiously while the Mediterranean becomes filled to the brink.

Chris Harlig, Staff Writer | 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Behind the Scenes with the Backstreet Boys

The boy band gives you an inside look on their lives
The year is 2000. Screaming fans crowd around the biggest boyband in the world. Crying and in hysterics, the Backstreet Boys’ dedicated fandom surround them, reaching for their idols. Flash forward to 2013 and the band has dispersed and so did their fandom. The boys are merely living a normal life… or are they?
The documentary entitled, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”, it shows the life after the fame as the boys are living in a London flat and doing normal things like playing soccer, shopping, hiking and simply hanging out together. The film shows the band going back to their old stomping grounds such as their old schools. Throughout the documentary, it builds up to them making their album, “In a World Like This”, that was released in 2013.
While the movie itself was released in January, the Backstreet Boys will go on a reunion tour again to places all around the world, including places where they haven’t toured before, such as Israel. The tour is currently going ongoing, ending in June. Whoever said boybands die out is eating their words. The boy band has re surged and is bigger than ever.

Jordyn Shevat, Finance Director | 2015

Stocks To Invest In


In the past couple of weeks, the biotechnology stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), has risen by $284. Since medical technology is ever increasing in the 21st-century, the demand for this stock is also increasing. Success in companies researching cancer and other serious diseases ensure a higher return on investment for stockholders. Biotech companies are usually small enterprises that “engage solely in R&D of medicines. These companies use biotechnology to recreate the function of cells; they use microorganisms and enzymes to develop large-molecule drugs that are used for a specific purpose. Because biotechs mimic cellular processes, the length of time from research and development is extremely long, averaging 10-15 years.” (Investopedia).  Although the process involves many trials in order  to receive the final output for data, the success rate and return on investment is very high considered to other stocks in other sectors. Despite the risks of investing in a biotechnology company, the stocks are considerably stable and considered stable investments.  Many news sources say that this is the time to invest in biotech companies because of the endless flow of new prescription drugs and medical research for them, resulting in the substantial amount of money we earned from it (the most money that has been  ever earned).
Tiffiani Hamilton, Copy Ediotr | 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mock Car Crash

With cars backed up for miles, Pinnacle High School students stared in shock as paramedics urgently dragged seniors Liam Castle and Michael Headley and junior Annalise Hunt out from under a flipped over car on March 18. Two helicopters touched down outside the parking lot, loading the teenagers into the aircraft and soaring off. Set up by Student Government, students watched this mock crash as a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving.

Crowded around the gates surrounding the crash, students fervently snapped pictures, immediately posting them to their snapchats. Tweets bashing the display contrasted with those of students who stood up for the campaign, as they realized the peril of drunk driving. The action on social media at 7:30 in the morning surpassed an entire day’s worth, as students from all surrounding high schools heard all sides of the situation going on.

In addition to the crash, juniors and seniors attended an informative assembly, highlighting the consequences of others selfish actions. Members of our community volunteered time to share their stories, driving their serious point across.
Natalie Orr | Editor-In-Chief

Future Hearts

All Time Low’s new album rocks the world
Pop punk band, All Time Low, released their new album, Future Hearts on April 7. With a new sound that conveys less of a rock feel and more of a pop and alternative feel, their fan base expanded. At the top of the charts on iTunes, this new sound proved to do them well.
Keeping the rock feel with songs like “Kicking and Screaming” and “Dancing with a Wolf”, they keep their older fans happy while introducing their newer fans to the punk pop feel.
“It feels like a definite progression. I wouldn’t say it’s an insane departure or anything like that. We haven’t gone completely the other way and tried all kinds of new things. We’ve certainly tried some new things, but I don’t think it’s necessarily going to alienate anyone or push people away that loved the last record. There’s a lot of stuff that’s in line with Don’t Panic, but there’s a lot of stuff that’s a logical step from it, too,” Alex Gaskath, the lead vocalist and guitarist, said. Probably referencing songs like “Missing you” and “Satellite” that do have a more alternative/rock/pop feel to them.
Whether you’re young, old, man or woman Future Hearts is an album everyone should listen you. It’ll make you realize the new up and coming rock and punk pop style of the future. This album includes songs that will last a lifetime and teenagers as well as young adults can enjoy and relate to.

Jordyn Shevat | Financial Editor