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The Most Interesting Things I've Learned in High School

Wed, 16 May 2012 03:11:22 +0000

Throughout my four years of high school I have filled my brain with all sorts of knowledge ranging from art to chemistry. However, there were a few things that I learned that topped them all and here is that list.

1) How to sequence DNA. I learned this in my A.P. Biology class and was absolutely fascinated. There are machines that can pull nucleotides through a gel and, depending on how fast they traveled, could determine the original genetic sequence of the sample. It was quite amazing.

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Remembering Steve Jobs

Wed, 09 May 2012 19:46:34 +0000

There was no greater loss to the field of technology last year compared to the death of Apple guru Steve Jobs. After losing his fight to cancer, the world of technology took a moment of silence to remember this icon that is just as important as the little apple on the back of your ipod. Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple company and, as we all know, it was very successful. More and more ipods and ipads fly off the shelves every day. There is no doubt that Steve Jobs was the face of Apple. The iconic turtleneck shirt and glasses will be recognizable for years.

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High School Memories

Sat, 05 May 2012 22:50:41 +0000

Over the past four years I have learned a great deal in high school both academically and socially. First off, my mind was filled with integrals, graphs, the circulatory system, literature, the biology of the cell, etc. etc. The lists goes on and on. I cannot fathom at how complex our brains are in order to store all this knowledge. But I believe that I have learned a lot more from high school socially. Over the past four years I have realized what it means to be true to yourself.

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Here Comes Summer!

Sat, 05 May 2012 22:39:13 +0000

it may only be May, but here in Salt Lake City it already feels like summer. School is winding down and the weather is heating up. A lot. We have reached the upper 70s multiple days through the past few weeks and it has been great. All the flowers are blooming and the sun is out warming up the earth as the days go by. With the summer season comes the end of school and my what a time it has been. We have a few more weeks to go but I advise you to enjoy it the best you can because like it or not, you will miss it.

Holi-Festival of Colors

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:08:55 +0000


This past weekend I was able to witness something I have never seen before and won't ever forget. I went to the Holi Festival down in Spanish Fork, Utah. What I found was a jam-packed temple grounds full of people colored from head to foot. There was great music, body-surfing, and color. So much color. Everyone was having a great time. Holi is a Hindu celebration of the coming of Spring. Every two hours there were color throwings.

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Senioritis is Definitely a Disease

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:31:24 +0000

As the sun begins to set on my fourth and final year of high school, I, like many of my fellow peers, have been infected with a disease called "Senioritis." Many people do not believe it exists but trust me, it does. Symptoms include: no motivation to do homework, not caring about test grades, counting down the days to graduation, and always complaining about how long the day is. I do not believe there is any cure. It's hard to believe seniors only have one more quarter of school left before we all leave each other to start a new adventure: college.

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The Big Bang Theory is a Show for Everyone

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:23:16 +0000

One of the most popular shows on TV on Thursday nights is The Big Bang Theory on CBS. It began as a show for the nerds of the country who could live vicariously through the lives of four nerds in Pasadena California. However, over the years it has turned into a show for everyone. The characters in the show are perfect with each other and the show is simply hilarious. It brings out the nerd in all of us and when you understand the Star Wars, Star Trek, and comic book references, it makes it that much better. Everybody's favorite character is probably Sheldon Cooper.

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Skyrim Is Not Just for Boys

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:34:03 +0000


If you didn't know already, one of the most popular games of 2012 is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. No doubt you have heard every boy in your school talking about how their one-handed increased to 67 or that they won a fist fight with an orc. And even about how they used their glass bow to kill a frost dragon. However, I have found myself talking about this sort of stuff with the boys in my class even though I am a girl. I am one of the very few girls at my school that actually plays this game on a regular basis. And to be honest, it's actually really fun.

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Preserving the Galapagos Islands

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:09:55 +0000


The Galapagos Islands only seem to be famous for their connection to the famous Charles Darwin. However, there is so much more to these Islands than we actually hear about. The uniqueness and beauty of these Islands needs to be conserved.

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Old Movies Still Have the Charm

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 01:49:22 +0000


Today's movie industry is filled with special effects, 3D technology, and the biggest sound systems. However, when we look at the STORIES of some of these movies, some of them fall short of originality.

It seems that all the movies are based off of books or are sequels of movies that did well in previous years. These movies can have an absolutely terrible/boring plot, but everyone wants to go see it because some giant monster is chasing the hero. What have we come to?

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