March 14, 2019
The Native Voice
What's the deal with pollen? Find out on pages 9-10.
Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Liz Parrish, Social Media Coordinator
The Native Voice Staff
Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Abi Perito, Staff Writer
Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
Table of Contents
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Page 3: The Jo Bros are Back
Pages 4-5: See Ya' Seniors: Soccer Edition
Page 6: Questioning the Oscars
Pages 7-8: Makeup Under the Microscope
Pages 9-10: Sneezing Season
Page 11: Battle of the Braves: St. Patrick's Day Edition
Pages 12-13: Danger Behind the Screen
Page 14: Sex Trafficking
Page 15: Outgrown by Animals
Pages 16-17: Possible Presidents
Page 18: Celebrating With Soda Bread
By: Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
If you grew up in the 2000s, you have probably heard of one of the most popular boy bands: the Jonas Brothers. If you haven’t heard of them, the Jonas Brothers is a band that consists of three brothers named Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas. The brothers were known for making pop music, and they were seen all over Disney Channel. However, the band split in 2013, and all of the brothers went their separate ways. But in the last month, the three boys have come back together.
After the band went their separate ways in 2013, Nick Jonas began pursuing a successful solo career. He released multiple singles, some of the most popular were “Chains,” “Jealous” and “Levels.”
Nick Jonas was without a doubt the most successful after the band breakup, but Joe Jonas was also still known in the music industry. Unlike Nick, Joe joined another band called DNCE. This band also released a few hit songs like “Toothbrush,” “Cake by the Ocean” and “Kissing Strangers.”
The third brother, Kevin Jonas, basically disappeared. Kevin decided to completely take a break from music, and he focused on life with his wife and children.
The new single by the Jonas Brothers , "Sucker," is being played everywhere. Listen to it on Youtube, Apple Music, Spotify and many other music streaming apps.
The Jo Bros are Back
Now, all three of the brothers are back together. On Feb. 28, the brothers posted to social media that they are back together. Not only did they reveal this exciting news, but they also announced their new single that was going to be released at midnight: “Sucker.” “Sucker” is already a hit song, mainly because the world was excited to see what the Jonas Brothers would come out with five years later.
Since the Jonas Brothers announced that the band was back together, they have already been seen on the Late Late Show, released a new song and had video to go with it. The Jonas Brothers being back together has many old fans going crazy, and they are already starting to gain new fans. The world can not wait to see what the Jonas Brothers are going to come out with next.
By: Abi Perito, Staff Writer
See ya' Seniors
“[I am] going to play soccer at Wofford because it will help to improve [his] skills as a soccer player and one day be able to make it to Major League Soccer.”
Boys soccer seniors reflect on their time playing for the Socastee Braves.
"Of course, High-school soccer gave me the opportunity to make friendships that i will never forget. It has taught me many life lessons as well.”
“I will miss the amazing friends I have made playing on this team for 6 years. I look forward to being region champs yet again.”
“I've been playing soccer since I was around 5 or 6. There's no real person that inspired me. My favorite memory was scoring the game winning [penalty kick] against saint james”
From left to right:
Luke Caswell, John Cetin, Sergui Mendoza, Javier Penos, Jamar Watson, Josh Mackie, Jamier Watson and Chase Wastler
By: Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
“I have been with the Socastee soccer team for six years. In my opinion, my favorite part about being on the soccer team is when you grow up with the girls you feel like you gain a second family.”
“I have been a member of the Socastee soccer team for three years. Soccer has helped me develop and foster relationships not only as a team player but also as an individual leader. I will take the skills I’ve learned playing a team sport with me as I continue my path to college.”
“I’ve played soccer since I was in 7th grade. Soccer is a very team dependent sport, in the sense that when one person makes a play at the front of the field, the rest of the team has to react to the movement of the ball. This is how we motivate each other. I know how important it is for my girls to have my back, so I work my hardest to make sure I always have theirs, on and off the field. There hasn’t really been a problem trying to stay motivated this season because all of us know that we are there to win, but even if we don't we try to find the fun in the sport."
“Soccer has influenced my life by life by meeting new friends, playing as a team and learning new strategies.”
“Playing soccer builds trust in your teammates and also your coaches. You have to trust that when you cross the ball or make a pass that someone is going to be there to receive it. It takes multiple people to get the ball where it needs to be and you can’t do that by yourself.”
“I don’t plan on paying at a college level, but I will definitely play intramural or club while in school. Soccer has made such a positive impact on my life by allowing me to focus on something I love while at the same time making so many friends. It will continue to be a part of my future.”
Girls soccer seniors reflect on their time playing for the Lady Braves.
Top row left to right: Hayley Boggess, Kayla Brekke, Sophie Wentz and Abi Perito.
Bottom row left to right: Olivia Costa, Izzy Reyna, Reagan Smith and Melissa Garcia.
At the 2019 Academy Awards, the Netflix original movie, Roma, was awarded for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language and was nominated for Best Picture. Although the general public agreed that it deserved these acclamations, fellow directors and filmmakers weren’t convinced that it was justified for the movie to have a spot at the Oscars.
Netflix is a streaming site with an audience that is limited to those who pay to have access to shows and movies each month. In the early years of the sites construction, it exclusively housed shows and movies that had already been released in theaters or shown on television. Recently, Netflix and other streaming services have resorted to creating original series and films using outside directors and filmmakers.
These originals have since been nominated 29 times at the Academy Awards and won six awards. There are two parties that are suffering from Netflix originals; movie production companies and cinema chains that show the movie.
These two companies have had a longstanding tradition of movies being available in theatres and waiting 90 days until they are available on DVD. Because Netflix is a streaming service, the movies and shows that are produced through them are made accessible to the public immediately. This puts the cinema chain and streaming services in direct competition with each other.
The eligibility for an Oscar nomination has always been something of a mystery to the general public, but one of the most important qualifications is that the movie must have been screened in the US for at least seven days. To combat this problem, Netflix has previously paid to have their movies screened for a limited amount of time in independent cinemas. Many of the Academy members do not believe that the way that Netflix bypasses their eligibility is fair and that it ultimately makes the Oscar less important.
The main reason for the Academy Awards is to celebrate film making and the actors/actresses that are in those films. Although Netflix originals don’t go through the same process as mainstream cinema films, that shouldn’t take away from the recognition that the filmmakers and actors deserve. In a world of ever-changing entertainment, the inclusion of Netflix originals in the Academy Awards is not only fair, but necessary.
Questioning the Oscars
Currently, there are some limitations on what awards Netflix originals can win.
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Many makeup products including eyeshadows like the ones pictured above are made with talc.
Morphe, Too Faced, Nars and M.A.C are just a few of the very popular makeup brands that people all over the world use on a daily basis. Makeup has been introduced at a very young age for many children, considering that stores like Claire's and Justice now sell “play” makeup, so there is a wider scale of the type of makeup being made and who it is intended for.
Most makeup products are used directly on the skin and around the eyes, which can be very sensitive areas. Depending on the person using the makeup, the product being used may be on the skin for a few hours or possibly for the whole day.
“As a makeup user, I would really like the FDA to approve makeup products so I know that what I am using is safe for my skin and does not have any harmful chemicals,” said Caitlin Cody, junior.
For safety reasons, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates multiple products to ensure that they are being made and produced with safe, healthy ingredients. The FDA regulates bottled water, infant formulas, vaccines, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, microwaves, tobacco products and many more.
While cosmetics, including color additives in makeup and personal care products, skin moisturizers, cleanser, nail polish and perfume can be regulated, not all makeup is legally required to be examined. Applying products that have not been FDA approved can be very risky considering the label on the packaging may not be informing the consumer of hazardous materials in the product.
"I think it is dangerous [that cosmetics and skincare products are not regulated]," said Hailey Haddock, junior.
Makeup Under the Microscope
By: Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Earlier this month, the FDA examined some Claire's makeup products and found signs of tremolite asbestos in three of their products: eyeshadows, compact powder and their contour kit. Asbestos, according to CNN, can be “dangerous when particles or fibers enter the lungs or stomach. If swallowed or inhaled, tremolite asbestos can lead to lung damage and cancer, including mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.” Although many makeup products, like the James Charles x Morphe pallet, contain talc, a clay mineral that asbestos is often found in, they are not all tested. These products containing talc are labeled on the ingredient list but the labels are not enough for safety examination.
Claire’s has not been the only company that has encountered issues with the FDA. Back in 2017, Justice also recalled some of their makeup products that have now been confirmed by the FDA to contain asbestos. Both companies are aimed for young kids and tweens who, for the most part, do not use makeup as often as adults and teens do. If an adult who normally wears a full face of makeup for about seven hours a day is using a product that contains asbestos, their chances of getting lung disease has increased greatly.
Make up, whether it be for children or adults, is a fun way to express yourself, but is also no laughing matter. Makeup products are applied on the most sensitive parts of one's face like the lips and eyes. Knowing what exactly you are putting on your body is just as important as knowing what you’re putting in your body. The FDA can regulate most of what is consumed but is restricted when it comes to cosmetics.
While not all makeup may contain talc, it is always best to secure the safety of all products. On CosDNA.com, you can search any cosmetic or skincare product and the health risks and safety security will be listed. Until all makeup is required to comply with FDA regulations, it is best to limit usage of products containing talc and researching any other cosmetic products before usage.
Skincare products are also not required to be checked by the FDA.
At the start of spring, pollen can be found on anything that stays outside.
By: Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Every year, the seasons go through the same cycle: winter, spring, summer, then fall, and the temperature coincides with the season, or at least, it’s supposed to.
Here in Myrtle Beach during the winter months, it seems like there is never one definite season happening. Instead, year after year, we are met with warm weather in months where we are supposed to be bundled up, which, in a way, tricks nature into thinking it is springtime. Flowers begin to bloom, and trees start to grow leaves, only to disappear as soon as the frigid temperatures return.
Now, we are starting to see pollen gather in thick layers on our cars, outdoor furniture and the outsides of our houses. Red cars turn orange, and every time you sit down outside, your pants are covered in the yellow dust. Since we have had such a wide range of temperatures this season, it may seem early to be seeing so much pollen everywhere, which leaves many people in the Myrtle Beach area thinking: ‘Is this normal?’
The pollen count gets higher every year. Weather apps, such as Weather Bug, are able to measure the amount of pollen in the air and rate the severity.
The truth is, it’s not exactly abnormal. This year, spring officially starts on March 20, which isn’t very far away. The pollen count is, however, growing every year, making the season worse for those who are allergic, and being highly annoying for everyone else.
According to Business Insider, “[due] to climate change and increasing carbon dioxide levels, each year's pollen season gets worse.”
While constantly cleaning your car and sneezing from allergies and irritation is extremely frustrating, it is, in fact, necessary. Without pollen, some plants would not be able to reproduce and be more genetically diverse, and without plants, we would have no food.
“Pollination ensures that genes from one plant will "mix it up" with genes from another plant. The offspring will have a mix of traits from both parents. Genetic diversity is a good thing,” according to The Daily Herald.
Even though pollen is aggravating, it is needed. While it seems like the thick layer of pollen coating everything that comes in contact with the outside will never disappear, it will eventually, and although it doesn’t get less annoying each year, its importance will not decrease.
The small particles of pollen seem to find their way into even the smallest places, such as the dividers between concrete slabs.
Pinching: 9 Votes
No Pinching: 18 Votes
Some people say the you should eat Corn Beef and Cabbage, but others say Shepard's pie is the better option. The original Irish way to celebrate St. Patrick's day which was a Roman Catholic holiday where they ate boiled bacon. Now the established American custom is the eat Corn Beef and Cabbage or Shepard's pie.
Corn Beef: 5 Votes
Shepard's Pie: 16 Votes
Battle of the Braves
Parade: 4 Votes
Family: 21 Votes
Pinching vs. No Pinching
Raisins: 4 Votes
No Raisins: 20 Votes
Irish Soda Bread is a popular food that is eaten throughout Irish culture, especially on St. Patrick's day. Many people have agreed to disagree on whether Irish Soda Bread should contain raisins or not. The decision to add raisins is more of a personal preference rather than a right or wrong way of making the bread.
Parade vs. Family
Irish Soda Bread:
Raisins vs. No raisins
St. Patrick's Day Edition
In the Roman Catholic religion St. Patrick Day's a celebration of religion. Normally a St. Patrick's Day Celebration involves spending time with family. The American Irish culture involves parades, celebrations and getting highly intoxicated . The American partying celebration can be considered offensive to many people of the Irish culture.
Corn Beef and Cabbage vs. Shepard's Pie
It is very common for people to pinch a person as a “punishment” for not wearing green. In the Irish culture it is considered disrespectful for Americans not to wear green. For years it's been a ongoing joke in society that if you don’t wear green you will get pinched.
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By: Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
Danger Behind the Screen
The fictional character, Momo, is meant to scare children into harming themselves.
In recent years, Youtube has taken lengths to protect it’s younger audience, including creating a separate platform specifically for children called Youtube Kids. The app only allows kid-friendly videos to play and protects them from any predation, but in recent weeks it seems that the innocence is being threatened.
In 2016, the Momo Challenge started its journey on an app called Whatsapp. Based solely on communication between users, “Momo,” a supernatural monster, started challenging kids to do horrific acts such as threaten others, self-harm and suicide convincing them that their family would die if they didn’t do it. There were a hand-full of child suicides claimed to be linked to the challenge, but none were confirmed. After the uproar and police investigations, the challenge slowly faded away.
The challenge has resurfaced once again. There has reportedly been Momo challenges being spliced into Youtube Kids videos. Many parents do not understand why Youtube has not been able to stop these attackers, but Youtube has claimed the challenge to be a hoax. Youtube is promising to “work urgently” to remove any inappropriate videos from their platform but parents are still outraged.
Free Hess, a Florida mom, was watching a video her child had been watching to find a terrifying clip spliced into the video promoting suicide. This mom has seen this video multiple times, starting in July of 2018, and is appalled that Youtube is allowing this video to keep being uploaded after it has been flagged multiple times.
“It makes me angry and sad and frustrated,” Hess told CNN, “I’m a pediatrician, and I’m seeing more and more kids coming in with self-harm and suicide attempts. I don't doubt social media and things such as this is contributing.”
"Peppa Pig" is a popular children's show that has been affected by the Momo Challenge.
The Momo Challenge has reached a countless number of children through Youtube Kids.
More and more parents are coming across disturbing videos labelled for children supporting suicide, sexual exploitation, abuse, human trafficking, gun violence, domestic violence and even school shootings. The disturbing videos are being edited into other videos that seem harmless like minecraft and gameplays. There is even videos labelled as Peppa Pig episodes that when watched will depict things such as decapitation, mutilation, self-harm, suicide and more.
One clip that has been continuously spliced into videos is a man in sunglasses telling kids how to slit their wrists, saying, “Remember kids, sideways for attention, longways for results”. The identity of this man is a retired Youtuber that goes by Filthy Frank. This clip comes from one of his many skits posted to his channel that is filled with dark humor and was definitely not meant for children. The youtuber has yet to speak out about the situation but most can assume he was not the one splicing the clip into children videos considering he left Youtube for good to focus on his music career.
Parents are slowly starting to stop blaming Youtube for these cyberattacks and are taking more action to censor their kids from the dark hold of the internet.
This event should show parents that they should always monitor what videos their child watches, no matter what platform it is on. The internet is a scary place for young, impressionable minds and the only way to stop these attacks on our youth is to make sure there is supervision and restriction on what they view and how they view it. If parents have stricter censorship on their kids source entertainment, things like Momo wouldn’t stand a chance.
By: Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Girls were once told to not talk to strangers and to never get into a car with someone you don't know, but in a world as advanced as ours, that's the new normal. The new thing in recent years may not be as safe and better for the public as intended. Young women are now relying on strangers from the Internet to make it home safe at night, and while this works for some, others may not be as lucky.
In recent years, more and more young women are disappearing and being dragged into the terrifying reality of human trafficking. We all may think it could never happen to us and that we are invincible, but the truth is, no one is exempt from what could happen on the street at night. This extremely dangerous and scary reality has not only become a news story on our phones, but it is also becoming more and more common in our local areas. Last year, according to the annual human trafficking report, 13 new cases were charged in S.C. courts and 60 other cases were closed. More than 20 human trafficking cases were pending as the new year began. The area of Myrtle Beach in the last year has had many problems with human trafficking, so many efforts have been taken to put a stop to this. A task force was put together by the Myrtle Beach Police department and three other Federal Bureau of Investigation to help fight this growing problem on our cost. Investigations by this task force and others have found victims who reported to have been forced into prostitution in a few different cities. With efforts being made to help reduce the amount of victims being taken into sex trafficking rings, more people are becoming aware of the problem and are watching their surroundings. There are many ways young women or even men could be more careful and be more aware of what may be going on around them. Some ways you can protect yourself is to always travel in groups and never put yourself in a situation alone with a stranger. Another way you could protect yourself is by taking a self defense class. There are a variety of other ways you can protect yourself and become more relevant to this dilemma.
The efforts being performed by local and governmental agencies have not gone unnoticed and/or unappreciated, each little bit of help can save a life, and that is the goal in this fight against sex trafficking. With more and more awareness, we can put a stop to this terrible trend of disappearing young women. One step at a time, things will get better and safer for people, the advances in technology are great, but they are beyond our time and safety measures.
Walking alone at night down dark areas can be very dangerous and could possibly end in someone being abducted.
Many years ago, giant animals roamed the earth, from the Megalodon to the Wooly Mammoth, humans were diminutive compared to them. However, these animals are no longer a threat to mankind considering they are extinct, but there might be a new threat of massive animals.
Researches have recently found a number of large animals all around the world.
On Feb. 18, 2019 a Georgia wildlife specialist stumbled upon a massive 13 foot alligator in an irrigation ditch not far from a pond.
Alligators normally live about as long as humans, the average alligator lives until 70. They can live up to 100 years old, but they will have to withstand a difficult life. The alligator found in Georgia was euthanized, unfortunately, due to the bad condition it was in from multiple gunshot wounds.
Alligators are normally pretty big, but have you ever seen a dinner plate-sized tarantula?
Around midnight in the Peruvian Amazon, researchers discovered a dinner plate-sized tarantula dragging a opossum across the amazon floor. Researches were ecstatic and shocked to come across a tarantula this big.
So what do these discoveries mean? Is the apocalypse coming? Are huge animals taking over?
Studies show that after every mass extinction, smaller animals become bigger in order to take place of the missing animals. With more and more animals becoming extinct, it is causing small animals to become bigger in order to survive. So, what does that mean for mankind? Are we going to be outgrown by animals?
Outgrown by Animals
Larger than average animals have been spotted by researchers around world; extinction of animals may be to blame.
By: Liz Parrish, Social Media Coordinator
By: Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Socastee Juniors, Julia Gifford and Noah Glasgow, support Harris at a local meet and greet.
Kamala Harris (D - CA)
Kamala Harris is a 54 year old African American woman from California and has been a senator since 2017. Harris’ slogan is catchy and the signs are aesthetically pleasing reading, “Kamala Harris For the People.” Harris is publicly against President Trump’s border wall but supports many of the same stances as Booker, such as health care for all and creating jobs. Some other issues Harris is passionate about include free college for students whose income is less than $125,000, gun control including banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines and has a pro-choice stance on abortion.
Though it’s only March and the next presidential election isn’t until next fall, it’s not too early to start researching the 2020 presidential candidates as many have joined the race so far. At this point, 14 Democrats and two Republicans, the president being one of them, have announced their candidacy.
When asked how he thought this upcoming election would differ from those in the past, Mr. Williams, the advisor for the Young Republicans club, a social studies and current Socastee teacher of the year jokingly said that it’s the “first time in forever” that neither a Clinton nor a Bush is running.
So, let’s get to know some of the standout candidates.
Cory Booker (D - NJ)
Cory Booker is a 49 year old African American senator from New Jersey. Booker is running on the platform of criminal justice reform, legalization of medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, and health care for all. Booker supports the Equal Rights Act vehemently as well.
Photo Credit: Julia Gifford
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Bernie Sanders (D - VT)
Bernie Sanders is a 77 year old senator from Vermont and has served since 2007. Sanders was a standout presidential candidate during the 2016 election but did not receive the nomination for the democratic ticket against opponent, Hillary Clinton. Sanders supports higher taxation on the wealthiest people in America, raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, health care for all and free college.
Donald Trump (R - NY)
Donald Trump is a 72 year old businessman from New York and currently serves as the 45th president. Trump’s first campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, is adorned by many on hats, t-shirts and bumper stickers, a sign of support for the candidate. This time around, he decided to change his slogan to, “Keep America Great.” Trump supports a wall along the southern border of the United States, something he promised to accomplish during his first campaign so obviously immigration is an important issue to him. Trump is also utilizing his business experience to reshape U.S. trade relations with foreign countries, especially China.
William Weld (R - MA)
William Weld is a 73 year old former governor from Massachusetts and was also on the Libertarian party ticket for Vice President in 2016. Weld has some liberal stances on social issues, such as supporting gay marriage, LGBT+ rights, supports more accessible health care and gun control.
Before the next election, do your research on the candidates to see whose beliefs align with your own and register to vote and remember: your voice matters!
Supporters adorn “Make America Great Again” signs at a Trump rally.
By: Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Irish soda bread is a traditional product of less fortunate countries. It is made with very few ingredients, therefore it is very cheap and easy to make.
Different regions in Ireland shape the bread their own unique way. In the south, it is usually shaped and baked into a round loaf with a cross marks on top, while in the northern regions, it is flattened into a round disc, cut into four triangles and baked on a flat griddle. This makes it bake faster, which is perfect for situations where you need to whip something up quickly for surprise guests.
For this recipe, you will need 4 cups all-purpose flour, 4 tablespoons white sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of margarine(softened), 1 cup buttermilk, 1 egg, ¼ cup butter (melted), ¼ cup of buttermilk.
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease or put tin foil across a large pan. Next, in a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and and the egg. Then, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form the dough into a circle and place it on the greased baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and ¼ cup of buttermilk. Then, brush the loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an “X” into the top of the loaf.
Bake in the preheated oven, and after 30 minutes, stick a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it is clean, it's done cooking. If it is gooey, let it cook for a little longer. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter and buttermilk mixture while it is baking.
There are many different variations of the name, and over the years the recipe has changed drastically. It will probably continue to change in the future as generations pass down family recipes.
Celebrating With Soda Bread
Irish soda bread is a traditional dish that can be enjoyed by anyone.
How-to Make Irish Soda Bread