EHS Nest Network The student news site of Eaglecrest High School Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VIDEO:Tucker Beard Wins Golden Heart Award Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:51:41 +0000 0 VIDEO: Weekly Wrap-Up – Feb. 28, 2020 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:48:40 +0000 0 Julie White Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:34:25 +0000 “I am working on a YA novel, so I’m hoping to be published.” – Julie White (library assistant)

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Charity Russell Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:32:47 +0000 “I just want to be more organized as I like go throughout my day and have a schedule because I’m really bad at doing my homework after school.” – Charity Russell (9) 

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Women Fight Back Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:57:30 +0000 Although women are 50% of the population women still aren’t seeing the same treatment in film as men. So what do women have to do to find representation? 


Women have been watered down, ignored and neglected throughout the science fiction genre. They are the damsel in distress and have been sidekicks for as long as superhero movies have been around. 


“Although films directed by women still represent only 3 percent of the science fiction films released over the last 10 years,” Women’s Media Center states. “The situation is slowly changing, thanks to the activism of filmmakers, journalists, and feminist advocates; some action by studio heads; and demand from audiences whose evolving tastes crave more inclusion in front of and behind the camera.”


But not all entertainment corporations are afraid of strong females. Almost every Disney film feature is a strong female lead who has been inspiring girls for ages. 


“Belle, I really liked books, I still do. I was 8 and scared of the beast and I thought it was really cool how she was kind,” said Halle Northrop. 


But finally, after years of disney making money and inspiring young girls, filmmakers have heard the cry of young girls across the world for strong female characters. Little girls and boys deserve to see strong female characters represented on the big screen.


Just this year alone girls will see three solo lead superhero films, all of which are directed by women.


“From 2009 to 2013, 35 out of 98 sci-fi films (36 percent) had female leads, with only 10 solo leads. But from 2014 to 2018, 60 out of 113 sci-fi films (or 53 percent) had female leads, with 19 solo leads. For comparison, 90 percent of sci-fi films between 2009 and 2013 had male leads, and 94 of the 113 (83 percent) of science fiction films between 2014 and 2018 had male leads, with 53 solo leads. This significant increase in films with female leads resulted from the new Star Wars films as well as the Hunger Games and other young-adult franchises that have proliferated,” said WMC. 


Although we are making progress there is still some push back against these films due to their performance. 


Wonder Woman only made $821.8 million dollars which is only average for a superhero film. Male superhero films are just more familiar to the science fiction audience. But female superhero films can have more of an impact on women outside of happiness.


“Ultimately, the importance of this turn towards women in comic book movies is not limited to what happens in Hollywood. Recent polls suggest that women might be the key voting block who decides the 2020 election. The ways that women are represented in many of Hollywood’s top films this year—as heroes who wield immense power, whose voices matter and who are capable of changing the world—could reverberate with female voters,” said Ms.magazine. 


When women see themselves represented as independent, powerful and important women on the big screen they can begin to see that they have the power to make change in society. When given positive role models girls from all ages can begin to develop a voice for change. 


Girls deserve to see themselves in film the way men have seen themselves for years.

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Tobacco to 21 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 20:55:22 +0000 The vaping epidemic has taken over teenagers’everyday lives. So much that a number of teenagers have died and many have shown side effects. This not only caught the attention of parents and the media but this pressured Congress to take action to stop said epidemic. 

Congress passed a bill called “Tobacco to 21 Act” where it will prohibit the sale of tobacco products to all people under the age of 21.

Through multiple investigations, they concluded that the tobacco industry targets minors. They have fun flavors that appeal to the underage such as creme brulee and apple pie. They also point out the fact that tobacco claims so many lives every year and that the consequences outweigh its presence.

Just how alcohol is regulated, tobacco will be mandated similarly. But this is where conflict and difference of opinion arises. Alcohol is illegal to minors yet somehow, at an overwhelming amount of high school parties, you see alcohol. Juuls are also illegal to minors, yet you can see a majority of high school students carry one. 

In my opinion, this bill won’t create a difference. It simply becomes a little harder to obtain one. Regardless, teens will have a way around the system. I will also like to pose the question: how do students obtain nicotine/tobacco products right now? 

An anonymous student said, “They’re dumb for thinking we get them legally. Either way we have older siblings, cousins, co-workers who can buy them for us.” 

I would also like to point out a major flaw in the bill. In multiple lines and statements from representatives and senators, they mentioned that they want to end the vaping epidemic and for once, let the Tobacco industry lose. Now vape pens, Juuls, Puff Bars or any of the other nicotine products that a majority of high school/early college students use don’t contain any tobacco. 

A student said “I think [we] don’t smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco because why would we need to. [We] have a pen that we don’t even need to use a lighter for and it gives [us] the same result.” Many other students have the same mentality. Cigarettes are not convenient and neither are any tobacco products. Hence why they stray away from them.

Essentially, this bill is meaningless. It was created to end an epidemic but fell flat as tobacco isn’t what caused the epidemic.  Students don’t obtain their products legally. They have other people buy it for them. Furthermore, without this bill, people under 18 still had access, concluding that raising the age won’t be effective.

 This bill only prohibits the sale of tobacco products to people under 21. Not nicotine products. If the majority of students don’t even use tobacco, this bill gained nothing. 

This bill is completely irrelevant to any issue its intentions were to solve. The long-term effects of nicotine-based products is still being monitored as they have only recently within the last five years have become an issue. The generation to use them still has a long way to go before they feel any effects. Thus, this bill was created to please the media and parents.

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VIDEO: #ehslove Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:48:35 +0000 0 VIDEO: Raptor Cheer’s First National Title Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:35:21 +0000 At the UCA National High School Cheer Championship in Orlando this past weekend, Eaglecrest Varsity Raptors took home first in the Medium Varsity D1 competition. They left on Thursday, February 6th and came back later that week. Over the course of the weekend, they competed against sixteen other teams in the finals, and competed against sixty teams and counting overall. They are now League, State, and National Champs! Fossil Ridge High School and Chaparral High School also made it to the finals with Chaparral taking home second. It was a great weekend for all Colorado schools! Eaglecrest made it to the semi-finals in the Game Day competition as well. Several alum also showed up to the competition in support of a program they grew up with. The Raptors were surely the happiest people on Earth this weekend in the most magical place in the world.

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The Coronavirus: Should We Be Worried? Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:54:47 +0000 Fears of a new epidemic of the coronavirus went across the world, sparking fear and attention from every corner of the planet in early 2020. This virus is as small as 26,000 to 32,000 base pairs of DNA.

A coronavirus specifies a series of viruses that primarily impact the respiratory system in multiple organisms ranging from birds to humans. Some types of coronaviruses are even the cause of the common cold. However, these are the general type of the coronavirus.

Since their discovery in the 1960s, attention from the public and the media was primarily shown at first with SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, being first recognized by the World Health Organization in February of 2003. According to the Centers for Disease Control, SARS spread to more than two dozen countries and there has not been any known cases in the world since 2004. There is also MERS, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has caused 858 deaths and 2,494 laboratory-confirmed cases as of November of 2019 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The specific Coronavirus that was recently discovered is COVID-2019, being officially named on February 11 of this year.  The origins of the virus is shown to be from bats, however it can be transferred to multiple animals. The origin of the transmission to humans is a link to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China. 

Within the United States, the cases of person to person contact has only been through American travelers from Wuhan, China. Currently, the virus is, “NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States,” according to the CDC.

The severity of the virus is unknown and varies across the patients that currently have the condition. Symptoms have differed from mild to reported cases of death. 

Foreign nationals are not allowed entry into the United States if the national has been to China in the past 2 weeks. And US Citizens and US Residents are placed within quarantine for 2 weeks if they have been in China. Only 7 states within the country currently have patients that have the virus: Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

Here in Colorado, 12 people have been tested as of February 19, and all have come back negative. There are none that are positive and none that are currently pending. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment stated that they are, “…Working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and organizations across the state to ensure our response is strong, proactive, and collaborative.” 

The chances of getting the coronavirus is unlikely here and the greatest risk is only when exposed to someone who has recently been to China or have been diagnosed with the COVID-19, according to the. Due to the recent discovery of the disease, information is still being discovered everyday and as work continues, the future is uncertain of updates on information and prevention.


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VIDEO: Trends That Should be Dropped in 2020 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:31:55 +0000 0