Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review of Maximum Ride- The Angel Experiment

by Holly Yakimow

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Summary of Book: “Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind — or destroy it” ( 1).

Review: I give this book an 8/10. Here’s why:
First of all, there are three categories that must be considered here; the first being accuracy to setting. In this category, The Angel Experiment fits perfectly into its setting of modern day America with the detailed descriptions of cities such as New York, and earns all points. Next category is the accuracy to genre. The  Maximum Ride series is a sci-fi/young adult/fantasy novel, and while it fits into the young adult section with it’s teenage perspective and language; and it does meet some expectations of a sci-fi novel, the fantasy element is not truly there as there is not magical entities or anything pertaining to a fairytale setting, and causes this novel to lose points. Finally, the last category to be examined is the action. While The Angel Experiment is not in the Action genre of literature, it is still full of tons of plot twists and excitement in every chapter. Therefore, Maximum Ride- The Angel Experiment is a must-read with it’s high rating of an eight out of ten.

Recommendation: I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves plot twists, thrills, and excitement around every corner. I’d also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading action novels, adventure novels, or sci-fi novels, as  The Angel Experiment does indeed live up to its expectations of a good read.

Race for the Finish

By-Haley Rodeffer

Three, two, one, GO! Cross country is up and running again as this season has showed to be a great one. Coach Fox and Coach Beck have been training the girls extra hard this season by practicing everyday except for Wednesdays. At the start of each practice the girls stretch as a team, then depending on the day they will do intervals or maybe run to the Lemming house. Lots of girls joined cross country to hang with friends, and to be able to run faster and longer. So far, the girls are killing it at their meets; they cheer each other on as they await their turn to run. Hailey Steiner, 8th grade runner, says, “My favorite part is the entire thing, knowing you are going with other girls to perform, and get rewarded for your hard work.” Cross country is the only sport of it’s kind, relying on hard work and teamwork.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

His-Story in the Making

by Elijah Cliffe

Everyone has seen 7th grade teacher, Mr. Ruck, emerging from the wing of the Flyer hallway.
However, there is much more to him than his knowledge of Social Studies and technology!
Mr. Ruck went to college at the University of Cincinnati.  He originally did not want to become a
teacher but changed his mind once he started college. In his spare time, he loves to be with his wife and his two children, Collin and Adam (a newborn!). He also likes to read and tries to do something different each week.

His favorite football team is the Bengals and is excited to watch them make it past the first round in the playoffs this year. His favorite television show is Person of Interest. He likes to eat anything Italian.  His favorite color is aqua green. Thursday is his favorite day of the week and he is 31 years old. The Indiana Jones saga is his favorite movie series. When asked why he likes his job, Mr. Ruck said, “I enjoy teaching because everyday is different because some people teach the same thing every year, but I like to do it differently every year.”

Now that you know a little more about Mr. Ruck, make sure to say “hi” to him in the halls. Maybe he’d like to know something new about you?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get your Wacky on!!!!

Wacky Day, Sports Day, Red and White Spirit Day! For all three themes, students were to dress up, spreading spirit throughout the halls of MJHS. The spirit days were planned by the co-Advisors for Student Council: Mrs.Carey and Mr. Ferguson. Mrs. Carey, the language arts teacher for team Redhawks, explains the purpose behind spirit days. Mrs. Carey says, “Spirit day is all about uniting the students and having a day to celebrate Milford homecoming.” Mrs.Carey told me which one of the three spirit days was her favorite: “I love Wacky Day. I love the creativity behind some of the students’ outfits, and any chance I get to wear roller-skates and a tutu, I am going to take it!”  
Some of the notable outfits included Mr. Wells, 7th grade Assistant Principal. He walked around wearing large clown shoes, a red wig, and suspenders. Another 7th grader was seen with a gelled hair, mismatched shoes, and two different ties.
Although the halls were flooded with red and white spirit, the Milford Varsity football team was defeated by Anderson High School. That didn’t put a damper on Milford’s spirit, however, and the students kept their spirit soaring throughout the game and beyond. 7th grade student, Eli Pavlyuk, also had an opinion on what spirit day is all about:“I love when the entire school has a chance to just be weird and wacky. Everyone loves it!” As a school, we have to look forward to for next spirit week! Keep your eyes and ears open for the next announcement from Student Council regarding upcoming events, fundraisers, and spirit weeks.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Zombie Dance!

by Attica Couch
Spooky, scary and fun! The first dance of the year was a Halloween-themed dance. At the first dance of the 2013-2014 academic year, there was a first, second and third place prize for the best and most elaborate Halloween costumes. The first place prize, belonging to Elisha Roysdon with her Cleopatra ensemble, won a Visa gift card. The second prize winner won an iTunes gift card, and the third place prize won a Subway gift card. There were many notable costumes, such as a taco, a blueberry, a group of iPods, and the Queen of Hearts! The dance took place in the MJHS gymnasium in October.  Dance tickets were priced at 5 dollars and were sold in the lunch room and in the mornings in Mr. Ferguson’s classroom. Tickets included a free drink as well as snacks in the cafeteria.

The next Student Council dance will take place on Friday, February 14th and will be a Valentine’s Day theme. The gym and cafeteria will be decked out in hearts, as students will be encouraged to dress to the nines in their red, pink, and white. Keep a look out for more details about the upcoming dance!