The Argus https://smhsargus.com The Student News Site of St. Marys High School Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Math Field Day https://smhsargus.com/2092/news/math-field-day/ https://smhsargus.com/2092/news/math-field-day/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:16:34 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2092/news/math-field-day/ On Tuesday, March 10, 13 students of St Marys High school went to OVU for the regional Math field day. The bus left at 8:15 am in the morning and after students gathered the other students from St Marys Elementary School and Belmont Schools the students from Pleasants County to OVU. The bus arrived around 9:15 am.
Since St Marys was the first school that arrived, students had to wait till about 10am to start the Competition. After a small introduction the students got divided by grades and put into different rooms. We had one hour for the first ten questions which were really hard unusual math problems. After that the students had a 15 minute break and went for another ten questions for an hour. The last part of the competition were two tie breaker questions for which the students also had 10 more minutes.
Once all students had finished their tests they got food at about 1pm in the OVU cafeteria. At the end of the day we had to wait for the results to be announced. Pleasants County schools had to leave earlier, since we had to use the bus. The students and their teachers arrived at the high school at about 3:15 pm. SMHS did not place in the top 10 in our grades.

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Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey https://smhsargus.com/2090/entertainment/harley-quinn-birds-of-prey/ https://smhsargus.com/2090/entertainment/harley-quinn-birds-of-prey/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:12:51 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2090/entertainment/harley-quinn-birds-of-prey/ “Birds of Prey” follows Harley Quinn’s misadventures after her breakup with the Joker goes public, in a very explosive way. Without the Jokers protection, Harley has lost her immunity in Gotham and is now being hunted down by anyone she has wronged\; specifically the crime boss known as Black Mask and his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz.

During a hunt for the stolen ring of the most powerful mafia family in Gotham, Harley forms an unlikely alliance with the dangerous and strong women\; revenge seeking killer Huntress, a singer with a killer voice from Black Mask’s nightclub Black Canary and police officer Renee Montoya. It’s up to these four women to work together to protect the child who has stolen the ring, Cassandra Cain, from all the bounty hunters in Gotham trying to obtain the half a million bounty that Black Mask has put on her head.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. As a lover of the DC franchise, I was thrilled to finally see a movie following Harley Quinn, and without the Joker for once. The girl power in this movie was amazing, and the casting of the women was spot on in my opinion. Another thing I absolutely loved about this movie was the soundtrack that was equally filled with girl power, featuring songs by Dojacat, Halsey, Kesha and Sofi Tukker. The score for the movie was really upbeat and dramatic, and was very fitting to Harley Quinn’s antics. I found myself jamming out to the soundtrack on the drive back home from the theatre. From the music, to the lighting and cinematography, to the costumes, this movie had an amazing aesthetic. This movie will have you pumped up and ready to face the world, I guarantee it.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of the DC comics and movies, or to anyone who enjoys crime and action movies. Go and check out Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey before it’s out of theatres!

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The Good Place https://smhsargus.com/2088/entertainment/the-good-place/ https://smhsargus.com/2088/entertainment/the-good-place/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:12:11 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2088/entertainment/the-good-place/ It doesn’t matter what religion you practice, there is always a good and bad place which is the major plot of this show. “The Good Place” takes place in the afterlife with the main character, Eleanor Shellstrop. She finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. Eleanor has not lived a good life, so it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the architect of the good place, Michael, and his human-like computer and all-knowing, Janet. Eleanor’s seemingly perfect neighbors, Tahani and Jason, and soul mate, Chidi, help her realize that it’s never too late to change. With the help of her new friends, a few enemies, Eleanor becomes determined to live a new, good life in hopes of staying in the good place.
“The Good Place” is a show that is very surprising and constantly changing. There’s always something new going on! I would rate this show a 10 out of 10 because of the constant changes and new adventures. This show is so funny and worth the watch. It can be found on Netflix, but there are only three seasons on Netflix. However, “The Good Place” can be found on Hulu, NBC, Sling TV, Youtube TV, and fubo TV. I would say season 3 is the most surprising so definitely watch until the end, you will not be disappointed.

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Starbucks Drinks https://smhsargus.com/2086/opinion/starbucks-drinks/ https://smhsargus.com/2086/opinion/starbucks-drinks/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:10:37 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2086/opinion/starbucks-drinks/ The popular coffee shop chain, Starbucks, is constantly coming out with new drinks flavor combinations. Starbucks has a variety of coffee, tea, caffeinated and fruit flavored beverages.

Pink Drink – A Pink Drink is a caffeinated beverage that is made with coconut milk and strawberry acai refresher. For a little extra taste and to look aesthetically pleasing, strawberry slices are added to the drink. A Pink Drink is great to drink when you are looking for caffeine but not in the mood for coffee. To add a little extra sweetness, ask for vanilla syrup. Ask for light ice too!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – A cold brew has a little stronger coffee taste than regular iced coffee, but is just as good. A splash of sweet cream is added to a cold brew to give it the perfect amount of vanilla flavored cream. Ask for light ice too!

Iced Caramel Macchiato – One shot of espresso, vanilla syrup, milk, and caramel drizzle make up an Iced Caramel Macchiato. The espresso shot adds caffeine and a strong coffee taste to the drink. However, the caramel and vanilla create a sweet balance. Ask for light ice too!

Skinny Vanilla Latte – A Skinny Vanilla Latte is a great drink to order if you are watching your sugar intake. Made with nonfat milk and sugar free vanilla syrup, this drink tastes just as good as a normal latte, but with less calories. Any type of latte can be made hot or iced.

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino – If you are a chocolate lover, the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is the drink for you. This blended drink is made with ice, milk, coffee, mocha sauce, frappuccino chips, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate cookie topping.

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The Dangers of Energy Drinks https://smhsargus.com/2084/features/the-dangers-of-energy-drinks/ https://smhsargus.com/2084/features/the-dangers-of-energy-drinks/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:09:27 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2084/features/the-dangers-of-energy-drinks/ In the mornings, you may feel like you’re still a little tired. The first thing you reach for is an energy drink. Sales of energy drinks have skyrocketed in the past year, especially when young adults are buying them more often. You may not believe that energy drinks could really harm your health, but you’re mistaken. Energy drinks of all kinds can cause many health problems. Here are just a few.

Caffeine Overdose
If you drink enough caffeine in the right amount of time, it could seriously harm your health. Caffeine only takes about 30 minutes to affect your whole nervous system. It can boost your adrenaline which causes your blood pressure and heart rate to rise. Small amounts of caffeine in moderation will not be harmful, but energy drinks contain 5-6 times more than the average that consumers should have. The average caffeine intake is 400 milligrams.

Too Much Sugar
A cup of coffee may have a teaspoon or two added to make it less bitter. An energy drink on the other hand, has 7-14 teaspoons per can. This can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Although there are sugar free options, there are many other ingredients that are bad for your health. Most energy drink consumers don’t only drink them on occasion, its every day.

You Can Become Addicted
Once you consume caffeine for a long period of time at a frequent level, your body may become dependent. You know the people that “can’t function without coffee?” It’s not coffee they can’t function without, it’s caffeine. The headache you get when you haven’t drunk a caffeinated pop for a day or so? That is your body wanting the caffeine it has become dependent on.

All in all, be wary of the things you consume. Try and be safe when you drink an energy drink, by doing it less frequently and only in small amounts. Maybe try an energy tea or black coffee instead.

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Prom Dining Recommendations https://smhsargus.com/2082/features/prom-dining-recommendations/ https://smhsargus.com/2082/features/prom-dining-recommendations/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:07:48 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2082/features/prom-dining-recommendations/ When preparing for prom, you have to decide where to eat. Most people will choose to eat out instead of staying home to dine. When you go out to eat in a restaurant, you would probably want to go somewhere nice and clean and have a nice dinner before prom. Sometimes you might be running late and have to pick somewhere quick to eat at or maybe you’re running low on money and need somewhere cheap to eat. This list of restaurants can help you decide where to eat.

1- Da Vinci’s- Da Vinci’s is a unique restaurant that is perfect for prom. You can call and make a reservation before prom. It’s a casual, long-running Italian restaurant & lounge serving steak, pasta & pizza, there is also outdoor dining. Location:215 Highland Ave, Williamstown, WV 26187

2- Outback- When you want a hardy meal before prom this is a go to. Outback offers free bread before your meal. Boisterous Australian-themed chain serving steaks, seafood & other hearty steakhouse fare. Location: 105 Grand Central Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26105

3- Buffalo Wild Wings- Buffalo Wild Wings is an interesting and unique location for a pre-prom meal. If you and your date love sports, then what better way to dine than watching a game? This lively sports-bar chain dishes up wings & other American pub grub and has lots of large-screen TVs. Location: 100 Lakeview Center, Parkersburg, WV 26101

4- Spangna’s- Just like Da Vinci’s, Spagna’s provides mostly Italian food with hot bread and side salads. Location: 301 Gilman Ave, Marietta, OH 45750

5-Austyn’s- AUstyn’s is a fine dining restaurant in Marietta. It’s a warm, local restaurant serving American and global meat and seafood plates alongside a full bar. Location: 130 Front St, Marietta, OH 45750

6- Olive Garden- Olive garden is another great Italian restaurant. They offer pastas and salad. They also offer free breadsticks before your meal. Location: 109 Grand Central Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101

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German Educational System https://smhsargus.com/2043/opinion/german-educational-system/ https://smhsargus.com/2043/opinion/german-educational-system/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:49:28 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2043/opinion/german-educational-system/ Since many people ask me how the school system in Germany works, I want to summarize the most important facts of the German educational system from elementary school up to college and university.
German schools do not have electives. You are given a plan for your whole year in each grade. You are also with the same people every day in class. When you finish elementary school you have two paths from which to choose. You can either go to high school or to secondary school. For the high school route, you have to go to high school up to grade 12, while for the secondary school path you only attend school up to grade 10. You are not allowed to go to college or university with a secondary school diploma unless you decide to go to school for another three years to finish your high school diploma.
When you have finished secondary school you can learn how to do a specific job. When you learn a job, you get money as a trainee until you finish your job training which also takes about three years depending on what job you want to learn. Also, you can obviously not learn jobs which require a college or university diploma, unless you have obtained your degree.
When you finish high school on the other hand you can go do high school and can then choose which program you want to sign up for\; and depending on your average grades on your final high school transcript, you are authorized or not authorized for that program.
The most important fact about college and university is that it is cheap, since education is free in Germany. You mostly have to pay for living and books. Which can bring you anywhere between 50-500 euros a semester depending on which university or college you choose.

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Post Prom Activities https://smhsargus.com/2034/features/post-prom-activities/ https://smhsargus.com/2034/features/post-prom-activities/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:41:52 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2034/features/post-prom-activities/ Now-a-days, the after prom parties are just as important-if not more important- than the dance itself. The problem with that is that most students don’t know how to do that safely, and legally. Here are a few ideas for post prom that are sure to be fun.

Go Skating
If you wanna feel like you’re in an 80’s prom movie, head to the roller rink. Take lots of pictures and make it memorable!

Have a Girls Night In
You don’t have to go out to have a good time! Take all that makeup off, and let your hair down. Play board games and do facemasks. The possibilities are endless!

Truth or Dare
Gather your friends and play a couple rounds.There are apps that can help you come up with truth and care ideas!

Throw a prom bonfire
Find a friend that has a fire pit and gather everyone together and tell stories around the fire.

Have a Movie Marathon
After busting a move, chill out and watch some thrillers with your best friends.

Go out to Eat
Gather your friends for one last hoo-rah for the night. Head to a late night dinner or hit up Walmart for a midnight snack run! Hint: iHop is open late! Fuel up… to go to sleep!

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Prom Proposals https://smhsargus.com/2027/features/prom-proposals/ https://smhsargus.com/2027/features/prom-proposals/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:40:51 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2027/features/prom-proposals/ Girls are always excited to get asked to prom… but in a cute way, such as a sign, snacks, gifts, etc. If you don’t know what to get your special someone for a prom proposal, you don’t have to worry, here are a few ideas. Taking the time to surprise that special someone will make them feel good and it shows that you are dedicated. Here are some cute homemade ideas to give to your future prom date!
Ask her what her favorite restaurant is. Getting her favorite meal from the restaurant will brighten her day. Make a sign and bring her some food.
Get her favorite candy and come up with a catchy slogan or pun to make her laugh. You can make a sign or a candy bucket or basket.
If she is athletic: get her a gift related to her sport. For girls who run cross country or track, a new pair of new shoes, headbands, gatorade or sports clothing will work.
If she plays basketball: you could get her a new basketball and write “PROM?” on the ball.
If she plays tennis: use tennis balls to ask her, and get her some sports drinks for her matches.
If she is a cheerleader: new practice clothes or sports drinks would work!
If she plays softball: get her a new bat and write “PROM?” on the softball!
If she wears makeup: you could buy her a new pallet or brushes! Make the sign makeup related.

Girls will be grateful for whatever they recieve. If you don’t really want to spend a ton of money, a poster board and a marker is a cheap and easy way to go. Search up some catchy slogans and puns and get creative with it. Always remember it’s the thought that counts!

Coming up with the right “Promposal” can be tricky but if you know what she likes, making a sign will be a little easier. Check out Pinterest for some nifty and creative ideas if you get stuck.

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Criminal Minds https://smhsargus.com/2025/entertainment/criminal-minds/ https://smhsargus.com/2025/entertainment/criminal-minds/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:39:26 +0000 https://smhsargus.com/2025/entertainment/criminal-minds/ “Criminal Minds” is a thriller, drama and mystery based on a squad of FBI profilers who work for the BAU. The profiling team puts together a series of charastics to try and find the unsub or atleast get an idea of who could have commited the crime Each profiler has their specialty. Jason Gideon has worked in the FBI BAU for many years. He knows his way around and what draws a suspect to the crime. He takes his job seriously and puts his agents first. Derek Morgan, who is the stronger string when it comes to arresting them.
Spencer Reid is a super genius who puts all the pieces together at the end. He is so intelligent that his IQ score is 187 and he can read 20,000 words per minute. Aaron Hotchner is more intimidating for the unsubs because of his face. He has mean looking eyes and gets the point through. Elle Greenaway’s specialty is working with sex offender cases. She is always helping the team try to put the puzzle together. Last but not least is Penelope Garcia. She is a computer wizard who strictly works from the BAU offices. She knows everything about the unsubs.
“Criminal Minds” is a mind game. It makes you think. The BAU uses behavioral analysis and profiling to investigate the crimes and find possible suspects. The show tells a story as the team works together to tackle the cases while balancing their personal lives at home. While the team is on a case it teaches you basic vocabulary used in the BAU and crime scenes. I recommend watching criminal minds if you enjoy watching crime shows or possibly wanting to become part of the criminal justice team. “Criminal minds” is made to be realistic and use real people for the scenes. It goes into detail about what happened and who did it. They use real life scenarios and situations that can and do happen in real life and make their audience aware and be cautious. The show has 15 seasons and is still being aired on TV since 2005. If you are interested in watching it, get caught up on Netflix!

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