Sarah Grubman: Sports Editor, 12th Grade
If you only had three words that people could describe you as what would they be?
I think people would describe me as caring, thoughtful, and relatable.
Sydney Luntz: Features Editor, 11th Grade
My most embarrassing moment was either a lizard going down dress or a basketball splitting my glasses in half.
Jack Altman: Feature Focus Editor, 11th Grade
My favorite word is "I" because to quote the great Kendrick Lamar, "I love myself."
Rachel Horn: News Editor, 10th Grade
The top three songs on my IPod are "Maps" by Maroon 5, "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, and "Break Free" by Ariana Grande because they are upbeat and allow for a positive vibe every time I hear them.
Amanda Paige: Features Editor, 11th Grade
What are the three things you can not live without?
The three things that I can not live without are my IPhone, Gossip Girl, and my friends!
Michael Benrubi: Sports Editor,11th Grade
My favorite midnight snack are Oreo's.
Michela Mugnatto: Arts and Entertainment Editor, 12th Grade
I can relate to Hermione Granger because she's nerdy, smart, a good friend, and has big, poofy hair.
Olivia Schiffman: Arts and Entertainment Editor, 11th Grade
If I had the chance to be an only child, I would not take the chance because I would not have the important bonds that Ihave with my family. I would also not have my sisters as best friends; being an only child would force me to socialize.
Carly Mackler: Photographer, 12th Grade
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My theme song would be "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift.
Callie Schiffman: Ad Editor, 11th Grade
I would choose to live in the 60's because I would like to attend Woodstock.
Max Kozlowski: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
What would you refuse to do for a million dollars?
I would never disrespect a teacher or school official for a million dollars.
Julia Artzi: Staff Reporter, 10th Grade
If I were stuck on a deserted island I would bring food, water, and a friend.
Noah Zylberberg: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
If time froze around you, what would you do?
If time froze around me, I would walk into the media center without an ID badge.
Sam Budney: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
What is the quote that you live by?
The quote I live by is "time is an illusion. Take advantage of every moment."
Halloween means trick or treating and getting dressed up in costumes. According to the National Retail Federation, this year people are choosing costumes based on popular movie characters, such as “Elsa” from Frozen, “Spiderman”, “Maleficent”, and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Not only are teens choosing to dress up like movie characters, but they are also choosing to dress up like characters from television shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and Breaking Bad. These movie and television-inspired costumes are sold as sets in stores, but there are also ways to make homemade Halloween costumes. Costumes such as Waldo, Mary Poppins, senior citizens, and Sims players are costumes you can easily make at home. Costumes are not the only thing students can make at home, but Halloween themed treats as well.
Even though most Halloween goodies are store bought, it is still exciting to decorate treats for Halloween. An example of a Halloween inspired treat are witch hat cookies. You can make them by placing a Hersey Kiss on top of a fudge-stripped cookie (or any cookie you desire) to make it look like a witch’s hat. You can also decorate marshmallow to create scary creatures like Frankenstein, vampires, ghosts, and scary jack-o-lanterns. All you need are marshmallows and icing to decorate. If you want something homemade, make Sandra Lee’s spider bites.
Today’s Halloween is very different compared to the Halloween some teachers have experienced. Visions Honors teacher, Kimberly Green, notes that the amount of decorations throughout her childhood neighborhood on Halloween was limited compared to the decorative streets of modern neighborhoods.
“We didn’t have as many decorations as we do at least in our neighborhood, today,” Green said.
Another difference Green experienced on Halloween was that most of her costumes were homemade and not many were store bought.
“If you had a store bought costume that was really something,” Green said.
When it comes to children trick or treating, Green observed that there are more older students going trick or treating. When she was younger she stopped trick or treating by the age of twelve, so it is strange for her to see more teenagers trick or treating.
Green’s observation about the age of trick or treaters brings a valid question- how old is too old to trick or treat? Some Spanish River students believe that there is not age limit to trick or treating.
“You are never to old to trick or treat,” junior, Megan Perez said.
“I will trick or treat until I’m dead,” sophomore Connor Rupp shares a similar opinion to Perez’s.
But not all students agree with Perez and Rupp. Senior, Samantha Szekely no longer trick or treats.
“I personally stopped trick or treating in the sixth grade,” Szekely said. So, is there really an age that kids should stop trick or treating? It depends on the person.
If you are trick or treating, here are some facts from Food Network Magazine: 83% of people prefer chocolate candy rather than fruity candy, they also prefer milk chocolate more than dark or white chocolate, and America’s favorite candy is Snickers.
If you are not trick or treating here are some scary movies for you to watch: Psycho, Nightmare on Elm’s Street, The Shinning, Alien, The Amityville Horror, Paranormal Activity, Hellraiser, and Silence of the Lambs. Whatever is planned on the frightful night, Happy Halloween Sharks.
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet morsels
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups pretzel sticks
Place parchment paper on baking sheet; set aside.
In a large glass microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth.
Stir in pretzel sticks. With clean hands grab pretzel sticks and drop on prepared baking sheet in clusters to look like spiders.
Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until to chocolate is hardened. Remove and serve.