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    Bullying in Today’s World

    By Bella Ibrahim (News Editor) Bullying has been a problem across the United States for a long time.  While rates of physical bullying have gone down across the past seventy years, verbal rates have stayed around the same, and new technology causes a new problem: cyberbullying (ecommons.luc.edu).  Sixteen percent of high school students have experienced cyberbullying in just the past year (americanspcc.org), and this problem is not going away — it is only getting worse. Fifty-two percent of all LGBT students have been cyberbullied before graduating high school. The state of Florida has strict laws against bullying and harassment at school or on school property, including the bus, but there…

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    Halloween Fun

    By: Bella (News Editor) and Maria (Opinion Editor) Halloween is coming up and we are going to help you plan the best party on the block! Pre-Party Fun: Corn Maze Harvest Fields Corn maze 2300 FL-40, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Pumpkin Patch Mandarin United Methodist Church 11270 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 Party Decorations & Set Up: Glow-in-the-Dark Party (karaspartyideas.com) For a glow-in-the-dark spectacular, replace your light-bulbs with the very low budget black lights. With this minor change of lights, your guests will glow in the dark, making your party very spooky and entertaining for all ages. DIY Photo Booth (celebrations.com) This inexpensive custom idea will leave your guests wanting more.…

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    Beyond Nease: Seniors After High School by Vikki Damon

    After their graduation ceremony in May, the graduating class of 2017 will officially be making their way out of the halls of Nease High School and forging their own new paths in the world. Many seniors at Nease have shared their aspirations for themselves after they graduate: whether it is through college, trade school, professional sports, the fine arts, the military, etc. Several seniors are taking their academic skills to universities later this year. Senior Alexis Gilliard, actively involved in Nease’s theatre program, has been accepted into Molloy College, where she will take part in the BFA Theatre Arts Program. She says, “My plan is to attend there in the fall and, like for most,…

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    The Sea-sun for a Staycation by Natalja Gontrum

    Residing in sunny Florida allows for a plethora of near-by vacation attractions. The options are seemingly limitless for those who love to travel or just visit discover beautiful places. While everyone knows that Florida is the home of Disney, Universal and a multitude of beaches, there are more options for someone seeking a bit of adventure. Following are some recommended “stay-cation” sweet spots, all four hours or closer and relatively affordable. *the distance to each location is from Allen D. Nease High School Amelia Island- 1 hour trip -13 miles of beaches -Rated one of Florida’s top 10 beaches -Historic location due to being the south’s deepest natural harbor -Whale sitting in the winter for…

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    Prom on a Budget by Maggie McElhaney, Taylor Leksander, and Julia Jordan

    All girls look for the perfect prom dress, but often at an un-perfect price. However, the perfect dress is still out there and at a much more affordable price! Check out these prom dress “dupes” to make your heart and your wallet smile! 1. Red and Bling Price: $397.99 at Star 33 vs. Price: $199 at Prom Girl 2. Sleek and Dark Price: $377.99 at Star 33 vs. Price: $189 at Prom Girl 3. Elegant Two-Pieces                           Price: $298 at Prom Girl vs. Price: $198 at Prom Girl

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    Dual Enrollment: Earning College Credit in High School by Anna Savo-Matthews

    Through Dual Enrollment, a program available to Nease’s juniors and seniors, students are able to earn both high school and college credit at the same time by taking classes at St Johns River State College. Dual Enrollment tuition is free, so many students chose to do Dual Enrollment to earn college credit and save money. Through AP classes and Dual Enrollment credits, many students go to college with a year of college already completed. Students who want to do Dual Enrollment must meet several requirements. They need at least an unweighted 3.0 GPA, and qualifying SAT, ACT, PERT or CPT scores. The required test scores vary depending on what class…

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    Beat The Test! By Denise Uy

    As students head into 4th quarter, teachers begin to steer their classes into review mode. In addition to the stress of the usual exams, final exams usually cover a broad range of course material that students may not have retained over the course of the school year. Reviewing and preparing for every nook and cranny of a class’s course material may be tedious and unnecessary, so here are some tips and tricks to maximize your time and effort. Organize. Although simply stated, organization is a key process in a course review. If one were to peer into the bag of an exemplary student, a system of folders and notebooks will most likely…

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    Self Image by Natalja Gontrum

    Self-image, the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality, is a relatively simple noun which impacts almost every single part of a person’s day and life. Although self-positivity has become increasingly mainstream and highlighted by topics such as the feminist movement, teenagers, especially girls, are notorious for being self-conscious. 20 girls at Nease of differing backgrounds participated in a survey about self-perception and their responses are integrated within the rest of the paragraphs. In an age of social media, it has become a societal paradox of the narcissism affiliated with taking selfies and posting about what is for dinner, meanwhile scrolling through Twitter and wishing one could look…