March 28, 2019
The Native Voice
What's the link between technology and depression in teenagers? Find out on page 12.
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 3-4: Break On a Budget
Page 5-6: Crepe Cuisine
Page 7: Even More "Stranger Things" Are Coming
Page 8: A Ban For the Better
Page 9-10: What is College Really Worth?
Page 11: Battle of the Braves: Prom Edition
Page 12: Media Influencing the Youth
Page 13: Drive to Arrive
Page 14: The Real Act
Page 15-16: F's All Around
Everyone wants to go on the vacation of a lifetime for spring break but not everyone has the budget to do that. Here are some ideas for affordable activities to do with your friends during spring break, so you still have fun but don't empty out your wallets. If you’re doing spring break on a budget, my suggestion to you is to do most things with a group of friends, you can usually split the cost and have more fun.
Obviously if you live near the beach, you can invite a bunch of your friends and have a beach day. If you get 10-15 people together, you could all pitch in $15-$20 per night and rent a beach house for a couple of days. If you don't live near the beach, you would be surprised how far $50 in gas can get you, and if you go with a group, you can always split the price of gas. You can also get a shelter at Myrtle Beach State park for about 30 dollars for the day. You can get everyone to bring hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks.
If the beach isn't for you, you could help a friend plan or have your own bonfire or pool party and tell everyone to bring a snack or dish. This is a great way to get together and hangout with multiple people at once instead of trying to hangout with all your friends individually. If everyone brings a dish then all you have to pay for is the wood. If none of your friends have a pool you could go to a community pool .
By: Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
The beach is always open, free, and there are endless activities.
Break on a Budget
How To: Have an Inexpensive Spring Break
If you and your friends like golfing, Top Golf is an inexpensive way to spend the day.
You could host a movie night and invite your friends over. Tell them to bring snacks and you can watch movies and eat popcorn all night. If you can't find any good movies, just binge watch the newest tv show.
Maybe you just want to take some time to yourself, go to a bookstore, buy a good book and find a quiet place to read and relax. You could also buy a facemask and have a little spa day.
Get a group of friends together and go play basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc. it's a great way to be active, spend time with friends and get better at your favorite sport. If you're hot afterwards, go jump in the pool and grab some ice cream or milkshakes.
Go to Top Golf and split the price with your friends. From 9 am to noon, its $25 per hour, from noon to 5 pm its $35 per hour, from 5pm to close its $45 per hour.
Go to a thrift store, buy some clothes you wouldn't usually wear and go have a photoshoot in an unusual place that not many people go. It's fun picking out the clothes, modeling and you get some good pictures to post on social media to show your friends you're having a great spring break.
Not in the mood to hangout with friends but you don't want to be alone? Get your family together and have a cookout and play games and hangout with them. Sometimes you have more fun with your family then your friends.
Spring Break isn't always about blowing all your money on traveling or going to amusement parks. Sometimes it's nice to stay home with your friends, take some time to yourself, or hangout with family. Don't forget, as the famous Coco Chanel said, “The best things in life are free”.
Delicious Caesar salad from Crepe Creation.
By: Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Pancakes, waffles and omelets: typical American breakfast entrees that most people picture when they think of breakfast food. While those items are very delicious, trying different foods can lead you to a new favorite item or even restaurant.
There are so many restaurants in Myrtle Beach, which makes it very hard to decide on which one to go to. Myrtle Beach also has specific areas with many types of restaurants in one general location like Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, or in The Market Common. In The Market Common, there is Nacho Hippo if you want a Mexican entree, P.F. Chang's China Bistro if you want Asian cuisine, and now, fairly new, Crepe Creation Cafe if you want a french delight.
Crepe Creation is a French style restaurant that is located in The Market Common next to Cold Stone Creamery. Crepe Creation was added to The Market Common about four years ago. It is a beautiful royal blue from the outside and in the inside a very chic, modern style.
The menu first consisted of sweet and savory crepes, salads and soups. In recent months, Crepe Creation has extended their menu as well as the building itself. They wanted to offer more for their customers so the new space welcomes more people to come enjoy a variety of entrees. The new menu now offers more entrees like Honey Glazed Pork Roast or Steak au Poivre and more savory crepes like the Gyro or Tuscan Chicken.
The employees are also just as sweet as the crepes. When seated, the hostess was very polite and provided the menus for my sister and I. The waiter introduced himself and took our drink orders right away. After giving us a moment to look through their new and improved menu, he came to take our orders.
We ordered steak with a loaded baked potato and a ceasar salad on the side. For dessert, we ordered the classic crepe which consisted of Nutella filling with your choice of strawberries or bananas and powdered sugar on top; we got bananas. About five to ten minutes after we ordered our food, the waiter brought the salad out to us.
That caesar salad has been one of the best Caesar salads I have had in a long time. It had the perfect amount of dressing, which was already mixed into the salad unlike some restaurants who bring the dressing on the side. Romaine lettuce was cut very nicely, it did not have gigantic chunks of lettuce. They also added pepper to it which made the salad ten times better. The best part about the salad was that you could taste the freshness of it. It didn’t taste like the refrigerated or premade salads; it was perfect.
Not long after our salad, the waiter then brought the main course meal: steak and a loaded baked potato. He ensured that our order was correct and we had everything we needed. The steak was cooked just right with the perfect amount of tenderness and flavor. It was not hard to cut through, unlike other steaks I have had at other restaurants.
The loaded baked potato was very loaded. It had sour cream, butter and bacon. The only thing it was missing was cheese, but they may have forgotten to put it in the potato, which was not horrible, because the potato was still very tasty. It was so soft, but not a crumbly type of soft, it was more of a melting type of soft.
The main course meal was amazing, full of flavor and had amazing texture. I really didn't know how Crepe Creation was going to manage to top it off, but they did, of course. When the crepe was brought out, my mouth instantly watered. It was fairly big, topped with powdered sugar and a little drop of Nutella on top. The crepe itself was as thin, as a crepe should be. It was soft and somewhat stretchy, and it was kind of hard to cut. When I did make the first cut into it Nutella poured out. The banana in the crepe was perfectly ripe and neutralized the sweet chocolate.
I truly enjoyed my experience at crepe creation. The waiter did a very good job ensuring that our order was correct and that we had everything we needed. The food was amazing and did not take long to come out. If you do not know where to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I would highly recommend going to Crepe Creation Cafe.
Many people do not know that Crepe Creation offers steak.
Crepe Creation has both dessert and savory crepes. The crepe pictured above is the Classic Crepe
By: Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Since its release in July of 2016, “Stranger Things” has become one of the most popular Netflix Original Series. Due to its overwhelming success, Netflix released a second season in October of 2017, and now, the release of a third season has just been announced.
“Stranger Things” revolves around the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, more specifically a group of friends: Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will. When one of the boys goes missing, along with other mysterious events happening around town, as well as disturbing discoveries being made, the residents of this rural Indiana town become aware that something about their tiny town is not quite right.
The Netflix Original Series has become extremely popular among both teenagers and adults, receiving an 8.9/10 stars on IMDb and a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s not surprising, however, that this show has received such a positive rating. Viewers enjoy the series because it has everything: action, adventure, drama, romance, science fiction, supernatural and historical fiction, since it is set in the 1980s. With everything that “Stranger Things” has to offer, there is something that everyone can enjoy when it comes to this series.
Season three of “Stranger Things” will be available on Netflix starting July 4, 2019. Although that seems far from now, that gives everyone plenty of time to watch, or re-watch, seasons one and two of this action-packed, engaging, Netflix Original Series.
Even More "Stranger Things" are Coming
"Stranger Things" has been a huge hit since its release in 2016. Season 3 of the Netflix Original Series will be released on July 4, 2019.
By: Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
People all around the world mourn the tragedy in New Zealand.
On March 15, 2019, 50 people were shot and killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Less than 24 hours later, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern banned all military style semi-automatic weapons, as well as assault rifles. Places such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Germany all have similar gun laws and in turn, their death by gun rates are lower than that of other countries with more lax gun laws like the U.S.. A program that would allow gun owners to sell their guns back to the government is being proposed, proving its effectiveness in Australia who hasn’t had a mass shooting since 1996.
Why, you may wonder, after so many mass shootings, is our own government unable to propose stricter gun regulations? To put it simply: Second Amendment defenders and the National Rifle Association.
Many politicians are backed by PACs, or political action committees, and with accepting this money, they are essentially saying they are looking out for that PACs interests and if not, they will no longer receive funding. The National Rifle Association funds many politicians in order to keep the organization’s interests in mind while voting on new legislation.
Because so many politicians accept donations from the NRA, there has been little to no change regarding gun laws in the U.S.. Another reason why New Zealand was able to introduce gun reform so quickly is that while they do not have the Second Amendment, we do, and if we were to alter that amendment, many citizens would cry out that their constitutional rights were being infringed upon.
There has been a mass shooting almost every day since the 2018 Parkland massacre and yet there is still no significant change.
The NRA donates to many politicians and has approximately 5 million members.
A Ban for the Better
By: Abi Perito, Staff Writer
What is College Really Worth?
In America, there is a general pressure to attend college; no matter the cost, no matter if the person needs college for their profession, no matter if the person has proven that they will excel in school. A college degree is something that is something that employers look for, and although most areas of expertise require a further education, there are some that require no educational matters to be weighed in. `
Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, graduate school, work. That is the life we are accustomed to live, but it is not enough to simply go through the motions. Along the way we are expected to join extracurriculars, get top grades in classes, help in the community and score well on standardized tests that are created by people that have benefited from them in the past. If a 14 year old does not take school seriously, then they spend the next four years of their life playing academic catch up in order for a college to take them seriously. And what is it that a college truly offers; the name of a college will often hold more value then the degree that one earns from it.
The educational system of America is flawed in a way that only a capitalistic society can understand. College has become a place to meet lifelong friends, mentors, connections, and even partners. This is where the value is placed for some, as a way to get ahead in life and continue a longstanding family tradition of attending a college that holds the heritage of the family name.
In March of 2018, it has been made known to the public that celebrities and people in the upper class have paid for their children to be accepted into their alma maters; resorting to paying another to take their children’s SAT and ACT tests to receive admission, paying admissions counselors to take their children, and paying college professors to keep their children in school. It is most often found that the children that are being bought into being a college student don’t even want to be there in the first place. These children have known material and economic comfort their whole life and do not need a degree from a distinguished college to ensure that they will make it far in life.
High School students are being forced into deciding what colleges they want to go to and are influenced by the ones made available to them by their high school.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, parents of Olivia Jade Giannulli and alumni to University of Southern California, paid $500,000 for their daughter to be admitted to that college, and it seems that it was against the daughter’s wishes. Olivia Jade began to work as an influencer and youtuber while in high school and hoped to pursue that as a career rather than go to college, but was forced into the student life by her parents that wanted to carry the tradition. After the scandal broke out, Olivia Jade lost most of her fanbase, her endorsement by Sephora and her dignity. This raises the question: Who cares about college more, parents or children?
Privilege has as much place in the educational system as it does in the rest of the world, if not more. Students with parents that can provide for them have no reason to get a job to help their family, and therefore have more time to spend on their studies and things they enjoy, and will ultimately get a higher grade in the class. The same goes for students that have parents that can pay for them to get tutors, SAT/ACT test prep and multiple times to take the standardized tests that are so crucial to college acceptance. Although there is always an exception to the rule, a student who will rise above their families previous place in society and excel academically and financially, it is more often than not that students that can pay for college and the means that are necessary to get accepted will be what is seen as successful.
As a senior in high school, I am surrounded by people making decisions that will last them a lifetime, and at 17 and 18 years old, it is hard to figure out exactly where we see ourselves in five or ten years. Much of our decisions are based on the decisions and influence of our parents at this age. For example, the son of a doctor is more likely to become a doctor, and the daughter of an engineer is more likely to become an engineer. If a parent wishes for their child to go to college, than it is most likely that the child will go to college and if not, then it will be the other way around.
College Board benefits from the money students pay for a test mandatory for college admissions.
Tie: 12 Votes
Bow Tie: 8 Votes
On prom day, it is tradition to go out to dinner before the actual dance starts. Some people choose to go out to dinner with a large group of people, sometimes taking a limo. However, if you are going with a date, some couples think of the dinner as a romantic time to yourselves, and would rather go out alone with just the two of you.
Alone: 5 Votes
With Group: 15 Votes
Battle of the Braves
Spray Tan: 9 Votes
Tanning Bed: 8 Votes
Tie vs. Bow Tie
Short: 10 Votes
Long: 19 Votes
On prom day, both short dresses and long dresses are acceptable options. The most common dresses that you will see are long dresses in one of the many styles that they come in. Some people feel that short dresses are more appropriate if it is not your junior or senior year, but it is completely up to you on what style you would like to wear.
Spray Tan vs. Tanning Bed
Short vs Long Dress
Dinner Alone vs. Dinner with a Group
For prom, almost every girl wants to be tan. If you have not had time to tan outside yet, then you will need to make a choice on if you want to go to the tanning bed or get a spray tan. There are positive and negative sides to both options. Spray tans have been known to make you look orange; however they are safer. Tanning beds give you a more natural tan look, but they are very bad for your skin.
By: Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
When boys are picking out their suits, the main decision that they have to make is what kind of tie they want. Both of the options come in almost any color, pattern or style that you want, so it mainly depends on your preference. Bow ties most likely pushed ahead because they are considered to be more formal, and pair better with a prom tuxedo.
By: Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
There is no doubt that technology has advanced our world tremendously into a well-developed, exceptional and strong society, but it seems that the more we’ve pushed this advancement the more it has affected our youth.
According to Child Mind Institute, many recent studies have found that heavy social media users that are online more than five hours a day have 13 to 66 percent more reports of severe depression than those who spend less than five hours a day on social media.
Ever since the rise of smartphones, depression levels in teen have significantly increased. Smartphones were introduced in 2007 and by 2015, 92 percent of teens and young adults owned a smartphone. Between 2010 and 2015, teen anxiety and depression levels increased by 33 percent.
So with all these recent spikes in teens with mental illness, what does social media have to do with it? Well, aside from all the blaring statistics, social media can be toxic for young minds for many different reasons.
Social media propels the ideas of unattainable lifestyles into the impressionable minds of today's youth. Kids now believe that the only way they will be accepted by their peers is to be on social media. Sharing your whole life on the internet has become a necessity: if anything happens in someone's life their first thought is to announce it on social media which seems to be part of the problem with the addiction to social media.
A study shows teen girls are twice as likely to show depressive symptoms linked to social media. Poor body-image and low self-esteem are one of the many reasons along with disturbed sleep and online harassment. Forty percent of girls and 25 percent of boys that heavily use social media have experienced online harassment or cyberbullying. And when people are constantly posting about how depressed they are or how they are unhappy with their lives, it imprints on the young minds that cross that post and changes their mindsets to think if they are feeling sad then they are depressed.
Parents and guardians need to be more aware of what their kids are posting, who they are following, and who they may be contacting. Many teens today do not have private accounts which makes online harassment and predation easier. Of course the overall declining state of children's and young adult's mental state is not all of the media’s fault, but it definitely plays a major role in these kids mental health.
Social media is designed to be addictive to young minds. Other than it's supposed to be “trendy”, it is also an escape from the real world. Whenever kids are feeling overwhelmed, bored, etc they immediately turn to social media. They use the internet as a coping mechanism and it is slowly decomposing their minds. Now instead of talking face-to-face, people only talk through apps and the internet. Social skills are not being developed which a creating a generation of selfish, rude and lazy people. Kids now instead of aspiring for real jobs see these people making it big on YouTube and Instagram and are deciding to become vloggers and social media models.
Which takes us back to the beginning of unhealthy and unattainable lifestyles. Parents need to limit kids time on the internet and have them interact with real people because the internet is a toxic pool of negativity that poisons your mind and make you feel horrible about yourself and your life. Even though it was made with good intentions, social media has become a problem in our society that needs to be fixed soon before it inflicts more pain on our youths health.
Media Influencing The Youth
Photo Credit: creativecommons.org
Drive to Arrive
By: Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
We all seem invincible and think nothing can hurt us, but this isn't the case. It is taking too many young lives to realize the dangers of the oh-so-fun activities teens and you adults are enjoying within the recent years. These horrific accidents could be prevented in multiple ways if teens could understand the dangers of the things they do. They need to come to terms with the fact that we as teenagers are not untouchable and putting our lives on the line is something that affects everyone around us when it doesn't end the way we thought it would.
There are many variables that may cause an increase in the amount of drinking and driving related accidents in teens. One main rise is caused by the upcoming prom night for many schools around the country. This is a night of fancy dresses and after parties, and teens find this night to be a good time to sneak alcohol and other substances not only into the prom, but also bring these with them after the prom. Most teens may not realize the effects that having a few drinks may have on them, they may think they are fine and try to drive but underage drivers are 17 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash while under the influence. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 12-20 year olds account for more than 10 percent of the country’s alcohol consumption.
Underage drinking has been on the rise in recent years, but we can put a stop to the rising numbers by teaching underage consumers the effects this brings. Some useful ways to prevent underage drinking and driving is to watch and monitor what teens and young adults might be bringing into parties and other events. Another way to prevent this is to enforce the laws on the drinking age and who can purchase alcohol. Teens and other young adults need to be more educated on the dangers and effects of driving under the influence.
Us as an community can make steps towards more effective and preventive procedures to protect our drivers and decrease the deaths caused by drinking and driving. Not only is this a rising problem among our teens, it is an ongoing problem within the adult community too. This needs to be put to a stop so no one else becomes a victim of drinking and driving. A life is beyond more important and valuable than the feeling you might get from being intoxicated, and everyone should remember that.
Drinking and driving can lead to only bad things like tickets and even worse many a wreck that could end in everyones worse fear.
The Real Act
The Act is constantly being promoted by Hulu.
King had to physically change her appearance because they wanted to make her seem as realistic as possible.
This review reveals information about the court case and crimes committed that are shared with us throughout the crime series “The Act.”
Hulu recently aired a new television series on March 20, 2019. This story features a teenager, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (played by Joey King) and a now-deceased mother, Dee Dee Blanchard (played by Patricia Arquette). This show is based on a true story that had everyone shocked when they first heard about it in June of 2015. The creators of this film were so fascinated by this story that they wanted to recreate a television series to tell their story.
Gypsy was a sickly girl with a range of different illnesses and spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Dee Dee was her mother and caretaker who worked effortlessly to make sure her daughter had all the care she needed, at least this is what the public thought. In reality, Gypsy was trying to escape a toxic relationship her mother had created because of her health condition, Münchhausen Syndrome By Proxy. This is a mental illness where a caretaker of a child fakes forces a child to fake illnesses or inflicts harm on the child to cause illness.
Gypsy was completely healthy and her mother made up all of her illnesses. Gypsy was ready to get out of this situation and had her online boyfriend, Nick Godejohn come and kill her mother and take her as far away from that situation as possible. They were then caught by the police leading from Facebook threats, video cameras and eyewitnesses. The court sentenced Godejohn to life in prison and was convicted of first-degree murder, and Gypsy was sentenced 10 years in prison and was convicted of second-degree murder.
The actors in this series do a fabulous job of portraying the characters explained in this story, especially King and Arquette. The ratings on Rotten Tomatoes says that this show is 90 percent fresh. I would totally recommend this series to a friend or family member that is fascinated with crime and murder series.
An episode of this series comes out every Wednesday morning on Hulu. So far, only two episodes have been released that lay out the plot of the story for everyone to enjoy. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger, and the next week you will be excited to come back for more. There are eight episodes in season one with the remaining dropping weekly.
Warning: This series contains graphic scenes and inappropriate content for certain viewers.
By: Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
By: Liz Parrish, Social Media Coordinator
With four classes a day, sometimes five, work can pile up. With all of the homework assigned to students it affects their everyday lives more than you would think.
According to Healthline.com, “from kindergarten to the final years of high school, recent research suggests that some students are getting excessive amounts of homework.” (www.healthline.com). Excessive amounts of homework have been proven to take a toll on a teens mental and physical health .
“Researchers surveyed more than 4,300 students at 10 high-performing high schools in upper middle-class California communities. They also interviewed students about their views on homework. When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were ‘often or always stressed over schoolwork,’ with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor. Less than [one] percent of the students said homework was not a stressor. The researchers asked students whether they experienced physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss and stomach problems.
With more homework it can cause students to be stressed out and fail tests.
F'S ALL AROUND
More than 80 percent of students reported having at least one stress-related symptom in the past month, and 44 percent said they had experienced three or more symptoms. The researchers also found that spending too much time on homework meant that students were not meeting their developmental needs or cultivating other critical life skills. Students were more likely to forgo activities, stop seeing friends or family, and not participate in hobbies.” (www.healthline.com). When students don’t have time after school to spend time with friends or family they lack people skills along with problem solving skills. Having these basic skills helps teens grow up and become a mature adult.
If students participate in sports many time games or practices don’t end until later hours, so students will have to stay up until late hours of the night to complete homework for the next day. “The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between [seven] and [seven and a half] hours. However, they need between [nine] and [nine and a half] hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep).” (https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/sleep-disorder-center/sleep-in-adolescents)
For example, if a lacrosse game ends around 8:30p.m., you have to go home after eat dinner, shower and sometimes chores. Then you have to attempt homework and sometimes that can rack up to two hours a night. This “nightly routine” could keep a teen up into the late hours of night and not allow the student to get the rest they need.
Excessive amounts of homework affect students in many ways, many agree that new rules should be established in the future for the better of students everywhere. With less work on students, they will have more time in order to join clubs and expand their horizons.
With all of text books given to students workloads are physically heavy.