Buckle up Daily Prophet readers because the Triwizard Tournament has a winner. Surprising events took place the night of June 24th at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As you all know the three… I mean four (Man I just can’t get past the fact that the Goblet of fire choose a fourth) contestants had successfully complete the second task without any problems. Last night was the final night for the young champions to prove their strength in a twenty foot high hedged maze that stretched on for miles. Somewhere hidden in the middle of that very maze was the Triwizard Cup. The rules were simple. First to touch the cup, WINS! However, there was something lurking behind every corner of the maze, something that would put the wizards skills to the test for ultimate survival. Creates like terrifying Boggarts and Humongous flesh eating spiders. The question was would these students be brave enough to get through it. To those who don’t know, the Triwizard maze has been a task used throughout the centuries, however its use has always been speculated due to the resulting effect it has on young wizards. Although they may lose the Triwizard tournament, they also tend to lose themselves due to the desperation to win and the frustration of the mazes countless dead ends. Nevertheless the task was very exciting with Potter and Diggory entering in the maze first, Krum third and Delacour last. Despite her strong efforts to conquer the maze, Delacour was the first to send up red sparks thus announcing her termination to the tournament. Next out came Krum who seemed to be a victim of the Maze lose, his eyes slightly dazed and arms crossed firmly. It was all down to Diggory and Potter. What were the odds of our youngest contest ever winning one of the hardest tournaments in wizarding history? Well obviously pretty good because it was Potter who successfully came out (more like appeared quite suddenly) out of the maze grasping the Tri-wizard cup. Who would have guessed? The Ministry however has not released any details beyond this point I regret to say. What really happened that night and why won’t the Ministry say anything?
The Ministry is in a full out panic as there has been another Azkaban breakout. This time however at least ten death eaters have been set loose! These ten being the most dangerous and highly guarded convicts due to their crimes being legendary. As you can see the surprise caused by their escape is shaking the Ministry. This taking place only three years after the breakout of mass muggle murderer Sirius Black. The Ministry is announcing that Black must be the cause of all this commotion as he is Bellatrix Lestrange cousin, one of the recent escapees. This has all come into question the recent accusation from renown Hogwarts student Harry Potter, who just last year claimed the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. What caused these death eaters to escape now? Could this all really be related to the Dark Lord? We certainly hope not. The case has been taken up to The Battle of the Department of Mysteries. They were kind enough to release the names of the known escapees to the press. Antonin Dolohov, Bellatrix Lestrange, Rabastan Lestrange, Rodolphus Lestrange, Mulciber, Augustus Rookwood, and Travers. If you see or hear anything about these dark wizards please sent contact through owl post. We attended the Minister’s press conference to ask him about these recent events and this is what he had to say: “We have confirmed that ten high-security prisoners, in the early hours of yesterday evening, did escape. And of course, the Muggle Prime Minister has been alerted to the danger. We strongly suspect that the breakout was engineered by a man with personal experience in escaping from Azkaban; notorious mass murderer Sirius Black, cousin of the escapee Bellatrix Lestrange.” —Cornelius Fudge. It has also been released that the REAL Barty Crouch Jr. has just been sentenced to death by the Dementors for torturing and pretending to be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. It was discovered that his staged death in Azkaban was a cover up made by the entire Crouch family resulting in Jr. escape 14 years ago. He was also convicted for the murder of his father Barty Crouch. The ministry has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors, however eye-witness accounts of many Hogwarts Students and teacher have proven them true. This has many people questioning the authority of the Ministry.
Do you ever find yourself so bored that not even your phone can cure the boredom? I have this ALL the time! Try visiting your local library and pick up some of these books below: These are the top 5 books to read when you’re bored:
- The Selection Series:
-For those who are interested in Romance novels I highly recommend this series. However I myself was never a Romance reader and I still enjoyed these novels because of it’s exciting side plot!
Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Book 1: The Selection
Book 2: The Elite
Book 3: The One
Book 4: The Heir
Book 5: The Crown
- Maximum Ride Series:
-This series is for those who like lots of action! I was obsessed with this series the first time I read it, and this was the series that made me begin to like the adventure and action genre. There is a little bit of SyFy as well, but not too much.
Synopsis: In James Patterson’s blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare–this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb–now her betrayed and greatest enemy–that her purpose is save the world–but can she?
Book 2: School’s out Forever
Book 3: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Book 4: The Final Warning
Book 6: Fang
Book 7: Angel
Book 8: Nevermore
- The Divergent Series:
-You may have seen the wonderful movies but have you read the books? These books will take you on an emotional journey through the fears and adventures of Beatrice Prior as she faces the faction system.
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, survivors were divided into five factions based on their dispositions: Abnegation, for the selfless;Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. Each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that describes the faction for which they are best suited. After receiving the results, test takers choose a faction, no matter what their results were. Those who do not complete initiation into their new faction become “factionless” and are forced to live in poverty on the streets of the city.
Book 2: Insurgent
Book 3: Allegiant
- The Midnighters
This series is an unforgettable one. It’s Syfy plot surprisingly good. Read as the new girl learns of the secret hour at midnight, and the powers she must learn to control.
Synopsis: A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen, except for her and a few others who call themselves ‘midnighters’. Dark things haunt this midnight hour – dark things with a mysterious interest in Jessica. The question is why?
Book 1: Midnighters The Secret Hour
Book 2: Midnighters Touching Darkness
Book 3: Blue Noon
- The Hunger Games
Okay yeah it may be one of the most recommended books of all time, but it truly is a good trilogy! To the people who consider it way over rated, promise me that the books are different than the movies… in a good way!
Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Book 2: Catching Fire
Book 3: Mockingjay
March has finally arrived, pretty quickly might I add, bringing spring and warmer temperatures with it. Thank Goodness! It won’t be long till we see Peter Rabbit Cotton Tail hoppin’ around with his basket of never ending colored eggs. As the children sleep soundlessly from their sugar crash, the adults sneak a couple pieces here and there. The refrigerator holding week’s worth of leftovers and before you know it April is here. April 1st or otherwise known as April Fools Day. Don’t get caught getting prank this year! This year is your year to prank. I’ve compiled 10 April Fools pranks to trick your friends, family or heck that one person you just really hate!
10: The good old fashion toothpaste in Oreo’s:
Got siblings that eat all the tasty Oreos, teach them not to mess with your cookies by removing the icing and adding toothpaste instead. Surprisingly the toothpaste looks exactly like the icing. There’s nothing like the sweet minty taste of revenge.
Trick your family by calling out, “I MADE BROWNIES” and watch their excitement turn to disappointment when you reveal brown paper cut outs of the letter E.
Although this may not be a punishment towards someone you can’t help but smile at this prank. Watch the shock when someone opens the fridge in the morning to find 300 pairs of eyes staring at them!
This may seem hard to do but it’s actually pretty simple. Just fill up glasses of water and place a flat solid surface on the rim, for example a plate. Turn it upside down and place it down somewhere, then quickly pull the plate out from under it so the surface beneath it holds the water, leave a funny note for your victim.
This one may be the grosses I’ve ever heard of, but yet so clever. Just take the gum out of their wrappers and replace them with molded playdough, then when all those annoying kids at school ask for gum, they’ll get an non-minty surprise.
Cotton balls will stick to anything is you get them wet. Just imagine waking up to see your car like this.
This hilarious trick is a classic, by wrapping the rubber band around the second faucet it will automatically spray the person trying to turn the water on.
It looks just like the orange juice but trust me… it does not taste the same!
IT’S A SNOW GLOBE!!!!!
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of the first four photojournalist working for LIFE magazine in 1935. His variety of pictures captured the world in a trance of wonder, from the elegance of movie stars to the joy of the end of the war. He’s traveled around the world wherever the job takes him including Japan, who he photograph the aftermath of Hiroshima bombing in WW2. He received many awards including The Medal of the Arts, International Understanding Award for Outstanding Achievement, Photographic Society of America Achievement Award, and the Photographer of the Year Award. His most famous piece is his photograph V-J Day, which captures a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square after hearing the war was over.
At age 17 he was drafted into the German Army, he suffered major injuries to both legs. Being the only survivor of his artillery he was sent home to recover. It was this time that he got involved with his interest in photography. He visit museums to get inspired and learn as much he could about lighting and other techniques. When he went to college he didn’t study Photography or Journalism so many would say he was a natural.
His first photo was taken when he was on vacation in 1927. He captured the back of a woman playing Tennis, her racket in midair. He then sold this photo to a local newspaper realize that you could make very good money this way. His career in Photojournalism took off from there.
Robert Capa was a famous war photographer, serving in both WWI and WWII. His variety of pictures captured the hardships and values in the ar itself, something never before seen as a Photojournalist. He’s traveled all around the world, going wherever the war takes him capturing both sides of the war. Always hoping to capture that stunning moment for audiences. He was termed “the greatest war photographer in the world” in 1938, proving himself even more. His most famous work was his photo taken during D-Day. Which D-day was an important battle in WWII. It captures the soldiers running out into battle on the sandy beaches of Normandy, and the waves of the shore. He studied Journalism and Political Science knowing pretty early on what he wanted to be and with hard work he got there.
Kevin Carter was a Photojournalist that worked in Africa, he captured the many moments of suffrage and death. He was questioned by many people on why he didn’t help the people he photographed. For example his photo called Starving Sudanese Toddler features a little girl laying on the ground starving as a vulture waits behind her. This photo won him a Pulitzer Prize but was put into questioning on why he didn’t offer the little girl some food. Carter even claimed that he waited 10 minutes for the vulture to open it’s wings. These rumors caused him to have depression and to eventually take his own life. He didn’t travel much but he had been all over Africa. He studied regular Journalism in high school and college knowing pretty early on what he wanted to do.
By: Taylor Voight and Eve Gower
Well they certainly don’t call us a Technology school for nothing, It seems our Smart Machinery only grows as the months go on. In 2nd quarter the school was given our very own 3D printer, making our school even better! Before we begin we would like to thank Mrs. Akehurst for taking the time to sit down with us personally for an interview. Alright for all you un-tech-savvy readers, a 3D printer is a printer that prints objects in a three-dimensional space, by using the X and Y axis. Wait! Don’t leave us now, we promise it’s not a math lecture! The 3D printer has the capability to print actual solid objects. No we promise this is a real thing! What a time to be alive. Now these things can get very expensive at a high 6,000 dollars. Fortunately we got ours for 3,500 dollars, still more than I currently own. But how in the world did we even afford this? Well technically we didn’t pay for it, Mrs. Akehurst applied for a CTE start up grant to teach graphic design which gave all possible funds. We were also given additional funds! So what about the printer itself? What is the material that is printed out? The 3D printer prints out a plastic filament in whatever shape you desire to print out. We asked Mrs. Akehurst how this would in fact benefit our school and she replied:
“ I think it will benefit the school in terms of giving kids more possibilities, more possibilities to realize what there is on the computer that they can actually print in 3D form. The idea of manufacturing and how things actually get built, thinking more perceptually so it’s not just a 2D plane…” she also goes on to list more possibilities that each effect our work greatly! So if you haven’t seen our new printer, drop by Mrs. Akehurst room 224 and don’t be afraid to ask questions about it… just resist the urge to touch!
by: Taylor Voight
Yes you read the title right, it’s actually happening. After 13 successful years Michael Weatherly confirmed his departure to NCIS two weeks ago via twitter. In his tweet he stated: “[Tony] DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character & I couldn’t have had more fun playing him.”
CBS later confirmed his statement saying “a valued part of the CBS family,” and that “the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today — the No. 1 drama in the world.” Now if you’re anything like me, you’re already crying through this article!
Michael also posted a pictures of himself and on-screen co-star Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto the forensic scientist of the team, thanking CBS and it’s chief executive, Les Moonves for “the opportunity of a lifetime!”
All of this however has left fans questioning, just how the beloved Tony Dinozzo will be written of the show at the end of the season, because no fans want to see him die! If he dies I will legit cry. Many fans are desperately hoping (Like myself) the other half of Tiva (Tony and Ziva) will reunite and will ride off in the sunset.
But will Tony and Ziva ride off into the sunset together? Sadly, when asked if there are plans for Cote de Pablo to return to the CBS drama, Geller said, “not currently.” Now we may never know what could have been between the two soulmates unfortunately. However some fans have not given up hope, Ziva is still out there and alive! It is yet to know how Weatherly will leave even to the producers who are still preparing his departure.
Michael’s character will be missed by many and there are no plans to immediately replace him, because those are some big shoes to fill. Weatherly has been there since the beginning of the TV series and will be leaving at the season 13 finale.