Deer Valley News
By: Deer Valley News Staff
A van struck and killed a pedestrian before fleeing the scene at Deer Valley High School on May 1st at 7:27 am. Leo Earle, a DVHS student, was struck by a white Chevrolet van that the Deer Valley Police Department has since located. According to a press release from the DVPD, the driver of the van has not yet been located.
According to medical examiner Anthony Gugliuzza, the vehicle struck Earle on the left side of his body, breaking his femur bone. The victim also had grave head wounds and visible scrapes on both legs.
When Deer Valley News visited the crime scene, reporter Hayleigh Davis noted that one of the victim’s shoes was located approximately 15-20 feet from the body.
DVHS assistant principal Marcus Darden knew the victim, and said Earle had previously had “some issues” at school. “He was a troubled student,” Darden said.
DVPD is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Adrianne Shetenhelm.
Note from the Eagle Eyes Team: For the next few issues, Eagle Eyes will be participating in a fictional crime scene investigation unit, and collaborating with multiple WHS classes in multiple disciplines. Don't worry, no one was harmed in the making of this story!
Hit and Run at Deer Valley High School
Investigators collected evidence on the morning of the fatal hit and run. Photo Credit: Austin Norcia.
From The Scene Of The Crime (Part 1)
Forensic investigators and officers arrived at the crime scene early Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Andy Serfes.
The victim could be seen wearing a black t-shirt that said "choices matter." Photo Credit: Austin Norcia.
From The Scene Of The Crime
Reporters raced to a second area of interest to photograph the abandoned white Chevrolet van. It was a closed crime scene, so reporters had to use stealth to obtain visual evidence.
Photo Credits from top right: Jacob Barnicle, Karyn Dion, Kristen Lawlor.
By Andy Serfes
The Day of Silence is came to Windham High School on April 11th. It was brought forth to us by our school’s GSA (Gender and Sexualities Alliance) and GLSN (Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network). Schools have showcased the metaphorical closet that LGBT people can get trapped in with this activity, which has taken place since the 90s according to GLSN’s website. Anyone at the school can participate, but the reasons for their participation can vary greatly. Mrs. Adrianne Shetenhelm (the leader of the GSA) showed me some of teacher participants’ anonymous reasons for participation. One said, “because i’m not a jerk”, another said, “because I am LGBT,” and a third said, “I have LGBT friends.” Day of Silence fell on the 11th because April vacation got in the way of GLSN’s original date, says Mrs. Shetenhelm.
Why should we have Day of Silence? Here, let Willow Purcell, my friend and fellow Day of Silence participant explain why she does it: “ I like to use my voice, to let others have a voice. I am willing to give up my voice to let others have a voice.” Purcell said. “Also, I have a cousin who is in the LGBT community that feels like they can’t come out because of their parents, and I've been lucky enough to be trusted by them. And so I want to use my voice to let them be heard.” From Mrs. Shetenhelm’s records, students in the past have said that they participate because they want to advocate for their rights, they want to respect diversity in our school, and they want our school to be a kind and tolerant one.
How this activity works, for our school is like this: There is a google survey on the daily announcements. There is also a sign up table in the cafe. After you sign up, you go to the same table in the cafe on the morning of the day of silence before classes start, and, gather your badges and notebooks. The notebooks are for the silent participators. Staff get their own badges. There's a third badge, for participators who must talk (say for example they have a presentation to do but they still desire to participate). Then at the end of the day, the participants gather at a select location, take a group photo to break the silence, and return their badges!
Community Spotlight: WHS Day Of Silence
Photo Courtesy of Adrianne Shetenhelm
By Karyn Dion
Some girls have no trouble finding a dress for prom. They go out to the mall, find the perfect dress, and it fits like a glove. Notice how I said some girls. Most girls have the struggle of trying to understand prom dress sizes, which are so messed up you can never tell which one would actually fit you. I personally wear an eleven to thirteen, normally. I couldn't zip up most of the dresses I tried on. Crazy right? Why do they do this? So many girls almost tear their own hair out in frustration because they feel like they're too big for the dresses when really, the company is marketing to tiny, unrealistic girls.
Another thing that poses a problem is the fitted waistline of a dress. If the zipper doesn't go down through the fitted waistline, then if you've got hips and a chest, you're out of luck. So a lot of the time just getting the dress on is painful, even though it may fit you great once you have it all on.
I have quite the strange shape, so finding a dress can be pretty hard. I'm on the shorter side and I've got a lot of curves and hips. I didn't even realize how short I was until I tried on a normal-sized, floor-length dress. I had about a foot of fabric pooling on the floor. Even if I put heels on, I still had like seven inches of fabric down there. I started looking in the petite section, which I didn't know just meant short. I had always thought it meant just overall small. The dresses started to fit better. There wasn't that insane amount of fabric either. If I had to give one tip to girls finding dresses this year, it would be, don't be afraid to look around in bigger or smaller sizes if your normal size isn't fitting right. It doesn't mean you're fat or too small, it just means you're human. Also, don't be afraid to look online; you can always send it back if it doesn't fit right. Just make sure to take your measurements before ordering and make sure the site is credible.
I interviewed Liz Wright to get another point of view. She said that finding the bigger sizes is always difficult unless you go to a plus-size store, which doesn't always have the prettiest dresses, like Macy's or JCPenney.
Another thing that I discussed with Ms. Wright was, the problem of a girl with hips. The big companies market to the smaller girls who don't have many curves. So, this means the dresses can be unforgiving when it comes to zipping them up and such. The dress can fit amazing until the girl realizes she can't zip it up. It can be very discouraging, When you can't find a size to find to fit due to size. Its hard to find the right dress without any complications.
Overall, dress shopping is very stressful for girls. You may have to go a couple sizes up or down to be able to find the perfect fit, but you will find it.
Eagle Eyes: May, 2019
Opinion: Prom Dress Problems
By Laura Taylor
This year at Windham High School, seniors were required to complete a capstone project instead of community service hours. The capstone project requires students to choose a topic on something that they are interested in. This can be about a career that you want to pursue or something you have always liked to learn about. After choosing a topic, we’re required to document information that we already know about the topic. This project requires you to have a mentor and an advisor. Your mentor should have an idea of your topic and they should potentially be in the field that you are learning about. You should be able to ask them questions and have them help you with any information you may need to complete the project. Your advisor will simply have to be there for you to make sure that you are completing each task on time. Students are required to develop an essential question for the project, and be able to answer it at the end of the research. Students are required to write three pages answering three essential questions. Those three essential questions cover what you have learned within five to ten hours of research, how what your learning can help others, and what you will do now with what you have learned.
I believe that this project is much more hands on learning than the community service hours we originally needed. I have enjoyed being able to learn about a topic that I find interesting. I chose to do my project on nursing and what it takes to become a nurse. With the information that I have gathered from my research, I cannot wait to apply my knowledge to potentially help my career. I think that this project is a much better idea than community service because it requires us to do work in and outside of school like normal school work. It has helped me learn about something that I am passionate about and I think it is a great way for students to learn about something they enjoy.
Opinion: The Senior Capstone Is An Improvement Over Community Service
By Hayleigh Davis
Famous Irish singer/ musician Hozier has released another album. Most people know his music by his hit from 2015, “Take me to Church,” which was a huge success. This new album, Wasteland, Baby! Is a good concept, but I don’t like all the songs. To some it may be brilliant and a good album, but comparing it back to his 2015 album, it just doesn’t reach the same quality. Of course some songs are good, but out of all fourteen songs on the album I like only about three of them. One of the songs I like is called “Sunlight.” I do like the styles that Hozier dabbles into, examples being indie rock, soul, and contemporary R&B. “Sunlight” begins with a beat that follows majority of the song; during the bridge and third verse though, the beat will change to add an effect.
The song sunlight counters another one of Hozier’s songs in Wasteland, Baby! That song is called “No Plan.” It has a darker and numbing way outlook, including lyrics like “sit here and watch the sunlight fade” and “there will be darkness again.” “Sunlight,” it is the complete opposite song; it is filled with a light and joy, (despite a few condescending lines) and the bridge, which is wonderful.
The bridge prepares us for the end of the song which goes back to the sunlight theme; the way that they decided to incorporate the musical change into where the bridge comes into play really draws attention and makes the listener focus on the words. The bridge is, “only starlight fades for you, only carry me slowly my sunrise.” It repeats once, then flows into the third verse before the last chorus. Overall the chorus is good; it has a melody that just puts you in a good mood with all the musical elements combined.
In the song, there are a couple mentions of Greek mythology that Hozier slid in; For instance, there is an allusion to Icarus right near the beginning. He fell because he flew too close to the sun, and he betrayed Artemis, hence the line “betray the moon as acolyte,” referring to Artemis and the vow Icarus did not follow.
The song is good and mostly joyful if you don’t look too deeply into it; there is a condescending line at the end of the chorus’ “all your love is sunlight, (sunlight) oh, but it is sunlight” the chorus refers to sunlight being amazing but towards the end of the chorus it turns to point out that it is still sunlight. Sunlight can be blinding and sometimes too bright, over exposure to it can do more harm than good. This album may not be as big as “Take me to Church,” but it is still a really good album.
Album Review: "Hozier- Wasteland, Baby"
Maine Mariners Finish Successful First Season
By Josh Mora
In their first season, The Maine Mariners got off to an extremely good start. Although they did not make the playoffs, the Mariner’s fanbase is already strong. After 2016 departure of Maine’s former hockey team, The Portland Pirates, many die hard fans agreed that the winter of 2017 was bleak without the games. In late 2017, news came that there would be a new ECHL franchise relocating from Alaska. However, at first they did not have a name. A contest was held to see what names fans could come up with and there were soon five finalists. The Mariners, Watchmen, Lumberjacks, Puffins and Wild Blueberries were the options. As the season neared, the franchise decided that they would be named the Mariners. Maine’s AHL hockey team from 1977-1992 was also named the Mariners. Although the name Wild Blueberries did not win, the Mariners wore uniforms and played as the Blueberries on March 9th, 2019.
Nearly every home game has a special event going on that either benefits charity or attracts fans. Windham sophomore Alexis Hirning went to a game in February that had an event where fans could bring in stuffed animals to donate, which would be thrown on the ice after the first Mariner’s goal. According to Hirning, “It was very fun. It took them almost 10 minutes to pick all the animals up off the ice. It was like another intermission.” This event is just one of many to come to the Cross Insurance Arena. On March 8th, the famous Stanley Cup made a visit to the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans waited in a line wrapped around the building to get a picture with the famous NHL world champions’ trophy. Hirning also attended that game, stating that “I didn't even get to see it, there were too many people!”
Although it is not the NHL, these players take their jobs seriously. According to Windham Hockey Captain Thomas Lekousi, “they played very well. Although they lost in the game I went to, it was very fun. It was an intense game.” Lekousi also was a fan of the Pirates and was excited for the return of professional hockey to Portland.
Mariners Logo (Courtesy of Maine Mariners)
Celtics' Playoff Run Continues After Regular Season Challenges
By Dakota Cook
The Boston Celtics have once again clinched a playoff spot, and they are currently facing the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. They are considered to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but many fans are surprised about how they have played this season, especially after last season when the team brought Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals without their best players on the court. Before the season started this year, the Celtics looked like the top team in the Eastern Conference. They were getting their two all star players, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, back from injuries. After 10 games into the season, the Celtics were 6-4, but Hayward was not looking great as he was still recovering from a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia from the season before. They eventually benched both Hayward and Jaylen Brown, with Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris replacing them. Halfway through the season, the Celtics’ record was 25-16, which wasn’t bad, but their record the season before at the halfway point was 31-10. Gordon Hayward was still not performing well, and many fans were confused about what was going on with the Celtics. They looked like an unbeatable team the season before and now they were losing big games.
Ever since the halfway point, the Celtics have stepped up and are looking like the team they were the season before. Gordon Hayward is playing better and is averaging 11.5 points per game. Jaylen Brown is playing more aggressively, and is averaging 13 points per game. The team has also been more consistent with three point shooting, breaking the franchise record for most three point shots made in a game and in a season. In an interview with ESPN, Hayward talked about playing more aggressively. "That's a lot of what I did when I was in Utah, finishing in the lane with different types of finishes off one foot, two feet, fade-back, things like that," Hayward said. "Some is slowly coming back, some is more explosive and can handle the contact a little better, staying on balance. It's coming together nicely, and I have to continue to attack and get to the line."
Lyden Fogg, a Windham student who is a big fan of the Celtics, said he expected more from the Celtics in the regular season. “I was disappointed about the record this season, because Hayward was a great player and he was coming back from that season ending injury, and everyone had high expectations that they would be better then they were last season.” When asked about their playoff chances, Fogg said “I think they can make the finals, but they have to play a lot better and control the basketball better. They can’t be having 11 turnovers in a game.”
Gordon Hayward. Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports
Federer And Barty Win Exciting Miami Open
By Rebecca Hamel
Miami Open 2019
The 34th annual Miami Open ended recently, with Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty taking the title for Men and Womens singles, While Mike and Bob Bryan won men's double and Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens won Women's doubles. The competition lasted two long weeks from March 18-April 1, with many fans eager to see who would take home the grand prize.
Amazing matches were played during the two week long competition, but some stuck out more than others. Some matches made fans want to stand up and cheer, while others had fans asleep in their chairs. Mr Levinsky was interviewed about the matches he watched during the Miami open and had a lot to say about them. His favorite match was “Roger Federer against Kevin Anderson. Federer made it look so easy with his classic strokes; he can make every shot!” Levinsky said. “I was impressed most by the match between Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep. Pliskova played well and beat Halep in straight sets in the semifinals. She kept Halep from being number one in the world.”
With only two weeks for all the qualifiers to compete in matches, so many matches are played that it is hard to keep up with all of them. As the days go by, more focus goes to the players who have drawn the most attention to themselves for their talent in the challenging sport of tennis. The most anticipated match by far was John Isner and Roger Federer in the final of the open. The final score was 6-4 Federer, in a long-drawn out set with many great rallies between the two. Most people bet that Federer would take the title, especially considering his various wins in the past at other such events. But, John Isner had just as much of a chance many believed because of his 6’10 stature and unbelievable strength.
In the end Federer pulled out the victory. Many invigorating matches were played day after day for the two weeks of the open that leave tennis fans eager for the 2020 Miami Open!
Game Of Thrones Wrapping Up Highly Anticipated Final Season
By Vitor Bizarro
After almost 2 years, Game of Thrones, HBO’s most watched show recently returned to TV for its 8th season, the last one to be released and the most anticipated by fans.Undoubtedly, the final episodes of Game of Thrones will have massive cinematographic production. The show, that was adapted from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin, has a cost per episode of an incredible 10 million dollars. And all that money was not spent in vain. It actually provided the show the amazing amount of 22 nominations for the 2018 Emmy awards. The ceremony took into consideration the episodes of its 7th season, which garnered over 30 million viewers on its return, according to CNBC. However, viewership for the show’s 8th season, whose first episode premiered on April 15th, is outrageously big. According to HBO, the premiere set a viewership record in the history of the channel. The final six episodes will be costing incredible 15 million bucks each according to Daily Beast.
However,it is not just the money or the audience that make this show unique.The legion of fans from all over the world makes it even more special. And, of course, many WHS students are interested in it. Evan Desmond, a junior, is one of them. He credits the success that has been received to the courage shown by the producers and screenwriters in dealing with certain aspects of the show. He points out the “mature concepts” and the storytelling from different points of views as facets that make “GOT” revolutionary. Even though Evan’s favorite characters are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, he actually expects them to die throughout the next few episodes.
This willingness to kill major characters is something that can be seen in all the eight seasons of the show, and to Mr. Levine, WHS English teacher, it is one of the things that makes the show unique and that leaves the audience wondering what comes next. Teaching the English elective focused on fantasy and being a fan of the show, Mr. Levine provided his detailed thoughts on who might die on the last few episodes. He correctly predicted the death of Theon, and thinks that Arya and Daenerys are also likely to be killed. He thinks that Brandon Stark and Jon Snow might end up sitting on the Iron Throne and ruling Westeros.
Despite all the theories that have been made and all the thoughts that have been given, Game of Thrones is, as Mr. Levine said, unpredictable. What might happen next is completely unknown, given the creativity of the screenwriters, and, to the rest all of the audience, there is nothing much to be done other than waiting and speculating. A new episode of the show will be airing on HBO each sunday until May 19th, when the story will come to and end and when Westeros will see its last game of thrones.
Photo Courtesy of The Wrap