Pushing Through the Pain

Stephen EditedTrack, one of the largest sports with around 80 runners, jumpers, throwers, and more. Stephen Leonard (10), who’s first year running track was this year, had high hopes for the season.“So far my season has been pretty good. I like all my events, I just haven’t been able to do much since I pulled my quad and had to stay off of it for around a week or so,” Leonard said.
He suffered an injury early on, but took the precautions necessary in order to heal properly. “Once my quad starting hurting I just told my coach about it and he was super supportive. He would’ve rather I get it healed now instead of making the injury worse but continuing to run on it,” Leonard said.
Although it was still early in the season, Leonard knew what he wanted to accomplish and took the steps needed to be successful. “I’m excited for this season because I’m getting to run and jump. Since I didn’t run track last year I don’t really have any specific goals about improving times or anything like that. I kind of just want to train, get better, and then do my best in all the meets,” Leonard said.
by Katerina Geisler

Curiosity in Cultures

Curiosity in Cultures

Traveling is a huge economic revenue for certain countries. Tourism and site seeing have become more popular now with the easier types of travel. People normally visit where they want to go because of the sites that it holds, but some enjoy visiting places solely because of the country’s history and culture.

Olivia Hebrank (12) is a student who enjoys the history and culture of many places. “I’d like to travel to London. It has a lot of history. There is just something I like about it,” Hebrank said.

Although London is known for its people, Hebrank has delve a little deeper and more out about the decretive buildings. There is a very mysterious sense surrounding them. “There is the London Bridge which has the idea that women’s bodies were placed inside the bridge’s materials when it was being rebuilt,” she said.

Women’s souls were apparently very strong and resist a lot. Their bodies were placed in the bridge in hopes that it would prevent its collapse. It hasn’t fallen since.

Despite Hebrank being drawn to London’s mysterious history, it isn’t the only place she has herself set on traveling to. “I’d also want to go to Tokyo,” Hebrank said.

Her grandmother is the conductor of the college Japanese foreign exchange program at Colorado Mesa University so she has been raised around Japanese culture since she was a baby.

The Japanese have very different beliefs from many Americans. They believe in a polytheistic religion called Shintoism where each aspect of life has its own god or goddess.“There is just a beauty in how much they believe in it, and it makes them very unified,” she said.

Through this unification under their beliefs, they are not afraid of self-expression. “Everything they do is very expressive such as their rituals and art. It’s spread all around the world. There the art like Koi fish that can be seen everywhere now,” Hebrank said.

Many people would like to travel someday, but they want to be on a vacation, and see the sights. Hebrank stands out in the fact that she wants to visit other parts of the world because of her curiosity and interest in the culture.
By Tucker Vensel

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Insight Into FBLA

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Insight to FBLA
Many clubs aim towards preparing students for life in the working world. FBLA , the Future Business Leaders of America, is one of those. This club helps students explore opportunities in the workforce through fundraising, competitions, and conferences. Melissa Wright, a business teacher, has been teaching FBLA for seven years.
“I teach FBLA because I want to better prepare students for college and work. I also like to help them develop their leadership skills,” Wright said.
The members participate in a yearly competition comprising of three stages; districts, state, and nationals. Events range from writing and presenting a business plan, to designing a flyer. Palisade High School received advanced to nationals twice.
“Students gain so much confidence from being a part of FBLA. They also learn how to be a leader, network and how to effectively interact with other people. When you have a job, communication is key,” Wright said.
In April, the FBLA team is advancing to state in Vail CO, to compete for a spot to nationals. Team building activities, workshops, and seminars will also be presented to students.
By Abygale Stone

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Shave it for later


Photo by Alexandria Smith

Photo by Alexandria Smith

Story and photo by Alexandria Smith

Facial hair has been a form of fashion and expression since early civilization. Styling of the hair began in ancient China with what is known as the “foo man stache” in today’s society. Facial hair styling has also been seen in Viking explorers, their thick beards would be bound with leather stands. Luke Gratten (11) has recently been participating in the art of facial hair styling.

“I have been growing my mustache out since November, I had a beard to go along with it but I shaved it off not too long ago,” Gratten said.

Different men prefer to express themselves in different styles, whether it’s to attract the ladies or for their own preference on how they want to look. There are many different styles ranging from goatees, handle bar staches or soul patches.

“I enjoy styling it, I mean it’s all just there to have fun with,” Gratten said.

Facial hair usually takes a lot of maintenance but for Gratten it is nothing less than a hobby.

“I’m really lazy, so it’s not like I’m trying to grow hair it just kind of happened and I keep it because it looks good,” Gratten said

Gratten would like others to know just because a certain man had a style in the past does not mean that needs to be a trademark for evil.

“Every man makes whatever style they want to be their own, just because they have a little patch above their lip does not mean they are a Nazi in any form,” Gratten said.

It is a man’s decision on what style they would like to take on. For some, that means putting effort into growing and styling facial hair.

Student Works With 3D Printer

By Katerina Geisler, Emily King, Edgar Corona, and Brenda OrnelasPorras

“A 3D printer works by putting layers of plastic to make 3D models. So one little sheet of plastic will go on and then another little sheet of plastic until it layers up to build a 3D model,” said Kaleb Castleton (10) who’s dad teaches computer science at Colorado Mesa University.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with a 3D printer before. My dad teaches computer science so he’s in the math and science hall. He ran into it and he thought it was really cool. I actually own a 3D printer, and my first interaction with a 3D printer was the one they have at the college. I’ve worked with them down in the business incubator,” said Castleton.

Although they’re not as common as regular home printers, Castleton thinks they’ll gain popularity in the near future.

“I think they’re going get really popular because they’re so useful. You can make a plastic model of almost anything. If it’s solid plastic, it takes a pretty decent amount of time, but you can choose what percentage you want it to fill. Essentially you can make the 3D model somewhat hollow, which speeds up the process and makes production more appealing,” said Castleton.

Mostly everyday objects are being printed by these machines, but there are high hopes for advances in the medical field through these printers.

“I’ve printed clips for my insulin pumps. My dad has actually printed parts for his robot that he’s taking to competition. He’s printed the legs and feet for them. Right now, the layer by layer technique isn’t the strongest. Sometimes the models can fall apart, but they’re working on making the models stronger and more durable. I think 3D printers could be really beneficial to the medical field as well, especially since they’re starting to attempt printing real human organs,” said Castleton.

Although uncommon now, Castleton believes 3D printers could become a part of our everyday lifestyles due to their impressive functions.

“Everybody should learn how to use a 3D printer and get to experience using one at least once because they’re gaining so much popularity now. The most impressive aspect of a 3D printer is that you can make anything you want with it. You can model an idea and you can just print it right there. You don’t have to build it yourself. Printing things out of plastic makes life so much better because you don’t have to go to the store and buy everything all the time,” said Castleton.

Art Students Take Part in Road Roller Printing

Photos and story by Olivia Barrows [Editor-in-Chief]

International Baccalaureate and advanced art students took part in the road roller printmaking event at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) on October 22, 2014 after being invited by Professor Josh Butler. Each student created a self-portrait by carving on woodblocks and at the road roller event; these panels were all set together and printed onto one piece of fabric.