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Welcome to the Official Cougar Press! 
This website will include interesting stories, and
events happening in the school. 

"Don't just read  the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it."
-Jim Rohn

Senate Funding 

 Senate is challenging NASA to put humans on Mars. They also created a new budget of 19.5 billion dollars for the mission to Mars, and demands that it must occur within in the next 25 years. The Senate views this bill as a way to prevent future U.S. presidents from overthrowing the nation's space program.
     This funding will most likely last 1 year. With this funding the theory that salt water in liquid form flows on Mars. The funding will also be used to develop a more advanced space suit to protect the astronaut during the Mars mission. This is a bargain, senate gives money to space program and the space program need to complete a Mission to Mars within 25 years

     To wrap it all up, on a Wednesday of 2015 senate has funded a large number of money to the space program. If the Mars Mission were to be completed, our knowledge in space will greatly increase. Based on this speed we might be able to find a new Earth with 1,000 years.

By: Jimei Lin

     Do you like to explore, and live on a new Earth? Space consist of many planets, and there is a high possibility in which another Earth exists. This will take thousand or maybe millions of years, but we are starting with Mars. Senate are authorizing money for a mission to Mars. It won’t be long before we arrive and know about planets other than the one we are living on.

Hiccups...What Are They?

     Hic! Hic! Ahh not again. I’m sure there has been a few times where you’re just sitting there, minding your own business when- HIC! Annoying, right? Well, I’m sure you have wondered why this happens, and I am here to explain. Well first, you need to understand what a hiccup is. It is basically a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. When you have a spasm, the glottis (an opening in your larynx that contains vocal cords) closes, traps air and causes a spasm in the voice box causing the annoying ‘hic’ noise. So...what causes these spasms?
     Spasms of the diaphragm can be caused by multiple things. The most common reasons are based on eating habits. Eating too quickly, eating too much, eating certain dry breads and consuming carbonated drinks are usually to blame. Hiccups can also be caused by sudden changes in temperature. Of course there are many other causes, in fact, hiccups can be caused by some pretty serious illnesses. Meningitis, hydrocephalus and neurosyphilis are all fatal if left untreated and they all cause hiccups...but don’t worry, these are all quite rare. So, if the hiccup isn’t caused by a disease, how can you get rid of them? Of course, people surfing the good ol’ interwebs have come up with many, many ways to get rid of hiccups, but they don’t always work. Common suggestions are to scare yourself or drink water while upside down, but it’s actually better to just wait them out. If they become persistent it could be a sign of a tumor or a stroke. Again, don’t worry at our age, strokes are rare.
     For a question I hear very often, the answer is quite simple. Hiccups are just a spasm of the diaphragm. Next time you hear someone question the cause of hiccups, you can be the one to teach them something new.

Boston Marathon -Facts

The Manchase:
The two suspects ran, and shot and killed 27 year old Sean Collier, a police officer. The brothers ran and hijacked two cars, taking one hostage. They then found the cars, resulting in a shootout between the cops and two brothers. Tamerlan got tackled by the police, making the other brother run his car over him. Tamerlan then died later at the hospital due to his injuries. They then chased down Dzhokhar and found him in a boat, writing down “indicating that the Boston bombings were committed in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries.” They finally caught him, taking him into custody. He is on death row, as we speak for the death of three, and injuries of many.

By: Abby & Carolina

The Boston Marathon took place on April 15th, 2013. Two hand-made bombs were made and placed in various locations during the boston Tamerlan marathon. The two bombers were brothers named, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They were both American citizens.
What Happened?:
While many people were running the boston marathon, two terrorists planted two homemade pressure cooker bombs in two different areas of the marathon. Three people were killed and 264 were injured. The bombs went off 12 seconds apart. According to  Richard DesLauriers said “the bombs contained BB-like pellets and nails.” The people who were killed in these attacks where an 8-year old Martin Richard, 29 year old Krystle Campbell, and a graduate of boston university Lingzi Lu. Bomb one went off at 2:50, the second bomb following just 12 seconds after that. The bombs were located near the finish line. The two brothers who lived in America for a decade, planned and coordinated the attack, but were not invested in a terrorist organization. This marathon was the 117th running of the marathon. This is the world's oldest marathon. The bombs were placed in backpacks, and placed on the ground next to cheering fans. Within 22 minutes of the bombs going off, everyone was cleared from the area.

Corpse Flower

     Last but not least, the Amorphophallus Titanum is native to western Sumatra and grows in opening in rainforests and limestone hills. The plant has been reported to have been seen in other parts of the world but those claims have not been confirmed.
     To wrap it all up, this  “Corpse Flower” is a unique and reclusive  flower that has a unique way of pollinating. This 3 meter tall flower is only found in select parts of the world and very few botanical gardens.

By: Jimei, Makayla, & Emma 

     Do you know what a Amorphophallus titanum is? It’s a 3 meters tall and 4 meters wide flower that lives in rainforests. The Amorphophallus titanum is also known as Titan Arum, or the Corpse Flower. Read on to find out more about the Corpse Flower.
     To begin with, Amorphophallus titanum also known as the corpse flower is known for it's rotting smell (it smells like rotting meat). You’ll wonder why, and it’s all comes down to science.  The smell, color, and even the temperature of the flower is meant attract insects that pollinates. These factors of the flower all ensures the goal of continuing its species, and kind. 
     Additionally, the Amorphophallus titanum is one of the biggest flowing structure. Like I stated in the previous paragraph this flower is a 3 meter tall and 4 meters wide plant that lives in the rain forest. The last time the Corpse flower bloomed was last year on August 20 in the United States. This means that it will take about another decade for it to bloom again, or more because this one took 11 years. 

How do your eyes? work? 

--Some types of known eye diseases/disorders

  •  Color blindness
  • Crossed eyes (or strabismus)
  • Commonly known as lazy eye, amblyopia

By: Destiny Rodriguez

You’re really blind. You need glasses with a very strong prescription and wonder how a lasik eye surgery could fix your horrible eyesight. Well, you could have some amazing in-style glasses, some unnoticable contacts, or just get some laser eye surgery! But how do your wonderful eyes actually see? Hmm.. let’s see!   

What is in your eye?
  Let’s start with the cornea of your eye. The cornea of your eye is the translucent skin that surrounds your eye. The Sclera covers the outside of the eye (except for the see through cornea) Also, the iris is the colored part of your eye. It controls the amount of light the enters the eye. The pupil is the hole in the hole in the colored iris and it lets the light into your eye. The lens in the eye focuses light into the retina and changes its shape to make sure the picture is clear. The retina has two lots of cells called 'rods' and 'cones' Rods help you see black and white and cones help you see color. They turn the picture into an electrical message for the brain. Some people with the condition ‘color blindness’ are diagnoses with this because they have an uneven amount of rods and cones. Therefore, they can’t distinguish the difference in some very close colors, like red and orange. The optic nerve is the electrical messages from the retina that travel along the optic nerve to your brain. If you think about it, it is kinda like the cable to a tv. 

How do your eyes work?
We all might know that when light reflects off an object into the cornea of your eye, that is how we see those different objects. When there is no light, it is dark. That is because there is no light to be reflected into your eye. Your eye sees the image upside down, but your brain turns right side up for you.  When light rays pass your cornea, they are bent, or refracted into the iris. The iris then opens and closes, making the pupil bigger or smaller. This controls the amount of light passing through. Then these light rays pass through the lens while it changes its shape so that it can further bend the rays to focus them on the retina. The retina contains all the cones and rods. Those cells convert all the light into electrical impulses. Then, the optic nerve sends all these impulses to the brain, which then produces an image.

--The different fluids in your eyes
Aqueous Humour -- This fluid fills the front of the eyeball in front of the lens
Vitreous Humour -- This fluid fills the larger part of the eyeball and keeps it in shape
Ciliary Muscles -- These are the tiny muscles around the lens. They squeeze and relax to change the shape of the lens for nearby or far objects.


Viking the first adventures and  raiders, these people explored and charted, unexplored land and uncharted waters. The scattered remains of their once great people are all over parts of northern europe. People have been discovering the remains of the Norse people or vikings for hundreds of years, since there people have dispersed and left their raiding and plundering ways.

Recently a major viking manor has been discovered Birka Sweden. The manor was around 40 feet long and connected to a large fenced area most likely used for religious purposes.
The place most likely belonged to a very wealthy noble. The viking people and the empire they left behind are still being discovered every year. So go out there and explore.
Have you ever wanted to buy material that is actually radioactive? Well you can, on a website called United Nuclear. This website allows you to buy many scientific objects that could be useful or can just be played with. However, some of these materials can be dangerous and should not be messed with too much.
    The products sold at United Nuclear are pretty different from the casual online shopping websites such as Amazon. The material they sell are in the fields of science. They sell anything from radioactivity, chemistry, and miscellaneous scientific items. Examples of what they sell are radioactive ore, science project material like aerogels, rocket plans, and solar panels. They also sell items that could potentially be harmful. These items include chemicals, strong magnets, and high voltage tools.
    The items that United nuclear sells mainly deal with the subject of science. The tools can be used in classroom as a demonstration or as a type of science project. They also have some interesting miscellaneous items that can be used for entertainment or just personal use. They have items such as smoke ring makers, putty, and glowing soap for entertainment purposes. There are also things like electric lighters that arc electricity to light a cigarette.  
    Many different people could use it, but it is mostly used by people that work in the fields of science. These people could include scientists or teachers. There are also people that could buy products from this website because they could have demonstrations of it on a social media platform. Youtubers can make a lot of money if they get successful from doing this. Normal people could buy these products too if they chose to use it for their own purposes. As stated before there are many items that could be used for entertainment.
    In conclusion, United Nuclear is an interesting website that sells many scientific items. I believe this products really can benefit some jobs. Maybe in the future they could add more products to their website. So, are you interested in buying Uranium?

​United Nuclear

​Are there other universes

​By Alicia Munt 

I believe that there is a major possibility that this is accurate, because from certain perspectives there isn’t evidence against it. If you look at it from the perspective of energy, the law of conservation says “energy cannot be created, or destroyed.” If this law has in fact been proven true then when energy does leave the universe (assuming it can) where does it go? It doesn’t simply disappear if it can’t be destroyed. Yet energy can be transferred. I think that it is transferred through potential, or kinetic energy. 
Now let us look at this through math perspective. Numbers can go on forever. There is no stopping point. There are also formulas for everything in life. You want the area of the bookshelf? A = L x W. You want the formula for your arm? Math has that too. So if numbers and formulas are infinite, then there should be a formula for the next universe too.  
If we look at Newton’s laws of motion the first law says that “ an object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an outside force, and vise versa.” Assuming that the universe was not  expanding at first, how is it expanding now? The outside force. The outside force is what you might ask? None, but the other universe. 
Coming from another perspective, We humans live on Earth. There are other planets as well. Then we are a solar system.There are other solar systems. Then we become a galaxy. Then there are other galaxies too. Then we are a universe. Wouldn’t there be other universes too? 
Now coming from a new paradigm 95% of the ocean is unexplored. If it is unexplored that does not mean it is not there. So if space is not fully explored, there is a large chance there is another universe

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam". In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. In March 1955, Claudette Colvin, a black fifteen-year-old pregnant schoolgirl in Montgomery, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in compliance with Jim Crow laws, which were local regulations in the Southern United States that enforced racial segregation. King was on the committee from the Birmingham African-American community that looked into the case; because Colvin was pregnant and unmarried, E. D. Nixon and Clifford Durr decided to wait for a better case to pursue. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus.
.The Montgomery bus boycott, urged and planned by Nixon and led by King, soon followed. The boycott lasted for 385 days, and the situation became so tense that King's house was bombed.King was arrested during this campaign, which concluded with a United States District Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle that ended racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses.King's role in the bus boycott transformed him into a national figure and the best-known spokesman of the civil rights movement. In April 1963, the SCLC began a campaign against racial segregation and economic injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. The campaign used nonviolent but intentionally confrontational tactics, developed in part by Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker. Black people in Birmingham, organizing with the SCLC, occupied public spaces with marches and sit-ins, openly violating laws that they considered unjust. King's intent was to provoke mass arrests and "create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation".However, the campaign's early volunteers did not succeed in shutting down the city, or in drawing media attention to the police's actions. Over the concerns of an uncertain King, SCLC strategist James Bevel changed the course of the campaign by recruiting children and young adults to join in the demonstrations. Newsweek called this strategy a Children's Crusade.During the protests, the Birmingham Police Department, led by Eugene "Bull" Connor, used high-pressure water jets and police dogs against protesters, including children. Footage of the police response was broadcast on national television news and dominated the nation's attention, shocking many white Americans and consolidating black Americans behind the movement. Not all of the demonstrators were peaceful, despite the avowed intentions of the SCLC. In some cases, bystanders attacked the police, who responded with force. King and the SCLC were criticized for putting children in harm's way. But the campaign was a success: Connor lost his job, the "Jim Crow" signs came down, and public places became more open to blacks. King's reputation improved immensely.


     Despite recent preventive measures from many African governments, such as banning of hunting in national parks, closed seasons of hunting, and the introduction of license systems, people still hunt them illegally.
     To wrap it all up, giraffes are closer to extinction than elephants. Their population has decreased over the past few years. Elephants are endangered but now Giraffes are declining faster. In the future we might be able to stop all species from being endangered, and technology might even bring back those species that were once extinct.

By Jimei & Makayla

     Crunch! A sound you will only hear on the dinner table. You slowly turn your head to look up. You saw a spotted body, then the unfinishing neck, and last its face. You can see him standing there while stretching his neck to reach for food. At first you thought it was an unidentified animal but when you look closer you saw it, a gigantic but magnificent creature. A giraffe. Giraffes have been around for about 1 million years. They might have been relatives of dinosaurs! Today giraffes have decreased in population even more than elephants.
      The giraffe’s population has gone down 40% in the past 30 years. In 1985 there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes, but in 2015 there was only 97,562. Biologist blame the shrinking in living space for the decline of the giraffes population, also because of poaching and of diseases. People are moving into giraffe’s living space (especially in central and eastern Africa). 
     Despite the giraffes situation, the elephants’ population has gone down 30% and in 2007 through 2014 a third of its population decreased. In 2013 more than 35,000 elephants were killed for their ivory across Africa. In 2008 conservationists warned that elephants in Africa would be extinct by 2020 if poaching continued.  
     Giraffes and elephants are now endangered . They are on a level called vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red list. They are being poached and forced to move because of human expansion.  Giraffes, when poached, are used to make bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry. Also giraffe tails in Africa culture are highly prized symbols of authority, and in ancient Egypt they were used as fly swatters. Elephants ivory is used to make statues, chopsticks, hair pins, pendants, and trinkets.


     Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold something that is less than 0.01 grams? Well this is possible with the material called aerogel. Many sources explain what aerogel is and who created it. Aerogel is an interesting topic due to its extraordinary light weight.
     Aerogel is currently the lightest material known to man. Its weight is between 0.0011 grams to 1/0.05³. Don’t think the substance is very weak due to the lightness either. Aerogel is actually pretty strong. Aerogel looks very interesting since it looks foggy and very ghost like. Due to this appearance, it is also known as frozen smoke. The material is created by drying a certain type of gel by using very hot temperatures. Then, you would have to extract the liquid then have it replaced with air.
    The most obvious use of this material is going to be for insulation. Typically, it is used to insulate freezers or maybe hard to insulate places in houses. However, NASA is using it for other purposes. NASA is working on a project called the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD). It is an inflatable reentry vehicle that is folded and stowed inside a launch vehicle. When entering an atmosphere, the HIAD becomes very rigid. This helps for the descent of the vehicle. NASA says that aerogel will be well fitted in the making of this.

     Aerogel was created by a man named Steven Kistler. He grew up as a son of a shopkeeper and found interest in chemistry when he was about at the age of 12. He went to the College of the Pacific to play cello, but he was more drawn to chemistry and took many science classes. After three years he would go to the college Stanford University. He never really achieved his goal of trying to learn how to play cello. He eventually signed a contract with Monsanto Company to start developing granular silica aerogel products under the trademark Santocel. However, he died before the product came into popularity.
    So in conclusion the substance aerogel is interesting. I think in the future we will be able to develop further into the material to use it for not only insulation. Can you imagine holding something as light as aerogel?

The Black Plague

​     We know that the black plague had multiple occurrences in the 14th century, but do they still occur? According to my sources, about 14 cases of the black plague were reported in 2015. Although it isn’t that common, it’s still around. Hopefully in the future we’ll find a way to totally get rid of this deadly plague.

What is the black plague?

    In 1338-1339 the first traces of black plague were discovered in Central Asia, but what exactly is this deadly plague? Well, the black plague is an incredibly disturbing disease with a mortality rate of around 95%. So only around 5% of the unlucky people that catch this plague live. Let’s talk about some cases in which the black plague had a massive effect on its target.
     The black plague first hit Europe in 1347, within only 3 years this plague had killed just about ⅓ of Europe’s entire population. That’s about 1,233,333 killed in just 1,095 days. So from 1347-1350 the black plague was killing about 1,126 people a day on average. Not only did the plague hit Europe, but like stated earlier, it first hit Central Asia. This time, it was said to have killed around 5 million people. As you can see, this was quite a deadly disease...but what exactly were the symptoms?
     The black plague’s symptoms tend to mimic the symptoms of the common flu. According to, symptoms consist of “fever, headache, chills, weakness, and swollen, tender lymph glands.” Seeing this, it seems it would be hard to diagnose the black plague, good thing we have such advanced medicine. Apparently, people diagnosed with black plague need to be treated immediately, if not it may result in death.


Everyone from babies to elders has had an experience with plastic. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles an hour. Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but recycle only 1 to 2% of it. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic, is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
What can this bacteria do?
A team of Japanese scientist have discovered a wonderful bacteria that could save the world from plastic waste. This new bacteria eats plastic found in most plastic bottles. They named this bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis. The researchers report that a group of these bacteria working this way could break down a thin film of plastic over the course of six weeks if the temperature was kept at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
How do they do this?
It used two enzymes to break down the PET. After adhering to the PET surface, the bacteria secretes an enzyme onto the PET to generate an intermediate chemical. That chemical is then taken up by the cell, where another enzyme breaks it down even further, providing the bacteria with carbon and energy to grow.
What does this mean for earth?
Essentially this plastic eating bacteria can save us from plastic waste. The process will be time consuming but it will be a plus for the world. It could help us and if we use it correctly it will help really good. Scientist are looking to see if there are more bacteria that have an appetite for plastic.

Space Station Falling


China confirms that space station is falling to earth.China also says that the space station would be falling to earth by late 2017.Since China doesn't have control of the space station they can say exactly when it is going to be falling down to earth.Tiangong-1 is the name of the space station and no one really knows by when or where it is going to be re-entering earthś atmosphere.Although no one might be injured in the process of it going in it could still leave some parts of it stranded in the ocean or in a random state.

More About The Station 

The Space Station

Tiangong-1 was supposed to be a laboratory and a testbed to test and perform certain tests.The space station was operated for 2 years before anything went wrong to make it fall into earthś atmosphere.On September 29th,2011 the Tiangong-1 was launched.  The space station finished 2 orbital transfers.The space station weighs 8 metric tons and served itś purpose before breaking down.Tiangong-1 is also a prototype which might explain why it is falling down since there might have been some problems with it.
The space station is said to be out of control and could crash down any day.It is also said that most pieces of the space station will burn up while re-entering the atmosphere of earth.China says that you can calculate these things and that even a few days before it falls we still won´t know and we will only know a few hours before it falls down to earth and crashes down somewhere in our planet.The space station is also 10.4m long and was home to a lot of unmanned space shuttles.

Earthquakes, how do they work?

Everyone knows that earthquakes are an incredibly dangerous natural disaster, but how do they work? Well, that’s what we’re here for, to hopefully answer your main questions about these disasters.

How are they formed?

How are earthquakes formed? Well, according to my research, earthquakes are formed when rocks underground break apart. This causes a sudden release of energy, which later releases seismic waves that make the earth vibrate.
The effects earthquakes can have on their targets can vary, depending on how intense the earthquake is. They can cause houses and building to fall apart, landslides and even floods may be caused, if the earthquake happens to destroy a dam.

How dangerous can they be?

Just like hurricanes, earthquakes also have a sort of ‘rating’ based on danger. To the right is the scale of effects, magnitude and the amount that occur each year.

No matter how dangerous the earthquake may be, make sure you stay safe and take precautions to keep out of any serious danger.

BlackholesBy: Makayla Turner, and Jimei Lin 

      ZAP! You’re gone, where did you go?! You’ve entered the black hole. What is a black hole, and where do you disappear to when you enter one? This all is a mystery, but you can be the first one to solve the mystery by continue reading. Black holes can be deadly but yet like a fantasy.
    To begin with, what are black holes? Black holes are leftover pieces of dead stars.A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much even light cannot escape. The intense gravitational pull is formed when matter is squeeze into tiny space. Also black holes are invisible to humans naked eyes, they cannot be seen. Space telescopes with special tools can help identify them. Black holes can be the best hiding place for personal secrets.
    Is there another side to a black hole? Even though, black holes look like a magical passageway from one place to another, they can kill you in seconds. There is no other side to a black hole. It will give you a quick death, and then your mass will be added increasing its size. Black holes are black because even light cannot escape its extreme gravitational pull. In theory it takes an infinite amount of time for you to become a part of the black hole. Maybe one day we can actually build a black hole that transports human!
    Black holes are left over pieces of dying stars. Even though, black holes look like magical passages to another dimension they can kill you in seconds. Black holes are exceptional. In the future our sun will die and become a black hole. It will destroy our solar system. Hopefully by that time we’ve entered a new Earth and be called “aliens”.

Join Abby, Carolina, and Patty as they walk around the school and interview our wonderful teachers! The Cougar Press, is happy to welcome you to Teacher Interviews!  

What is 

     Hey all you middle schoolers! Yes, I am talking to you, listen up! Since we were little, our parents all told us the same thing, that doing well in school will be worth it in the future. We have all heard it before, and I am sure that we have all have thought that there would never be anything that would be worth doing all kinds of extra work at school for. Well, now there is! For all of you who are reading this, I have a few questions to ask you. Do you love school? Are you someone who always loves to go above and beyond no matter the challenges you may face? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you just might have what it takes to become a member of the National Junior Honor Society! So join me, as I explain to you how it all started, how to become a member, and a few of the many benefits of being a member.


To begin with, before we talk about the fancy stuff, let us take a moment to talk about the story behind NJHS. It all started in 1929, when a group of people known as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, or NASSP for short, came up with the idea to create a society that recognizes outstanding middle school students in grades sixth and seventh. Eighth graders are not allowed to be admitted, because the induction ceremony is at the end of each school year, and eighth graders will be in high school the next year. However, these eighth graders may be inducted into the National Honors Society, which was created eight years earlier, in 1921. This society would recognize outstanding middle school students who have gone above and beyond the requirements for that grade level. This society was also used as a tool to help motivate other middle schoolers to also go above and beyond to ensure good grades.

     In addition, now that we have gone over the origins of this great society, let us take some time to go over how to become a member of NJHS. To start, to become a member of NJHS, you must meet the following requirements. To get inducted you must, have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an overall percent of eighty five or higher. You must also be willing to perform a required amount of hours of community service. As well as community service, you also need to be trustworthy, as well as helpful, and responsible. Meet these requirements, and you will be in NJHS in no time at all.

    To continue, this fine society is also filled with many benefits. One of which can actually help fund for college. According to their official website, each year NJHS picks 500 members to be given something called the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is only given to members who always go above and beyond what they need to do to succeed in the society. In addition to an achievement award, NJHS also helps members develop good career skills that large businesses look for when choosing employees to work for them.

    In summary, NJHS is good for anyone who stand out more than the rest. From highlighting excellent students, to being full of great benefits that help people become greatly successful, NJHS is perfect for anybody who wants to be a successful individual. So work hard, and try your best, and I can almost guarantee that the next member of NJHS will in fact be you.

​Nike Self-Lacing Shoes


The shoes from back to the future are finally a reality. So much popularity has gone towards the self-lacing shoes that nike made it a reality. Back to the future predicted that the shoes and the hoverboard would be available by now,the shoes are available but unfortunately the hoverboard isn’t.We have the whole scoop for you for the new Air Mags Nike’s self-lacing shoes.

More About Them

The  Nike Air Mags cost 10,000. These shoes are supposedly the future of shoes and they might as well be them. They have a small motor on the back with a battery that gives power and controls the lights and sensors. A sensor is sitting on the bottom of the shoe which knows when you put your foot in so it can self lace. The Nike Air Mags were the first Nike shoes invented originally for a movie .

They were designed by a man named Tinker Haven Hatfield in 2005 . They came as easily as they went . In 2011 they were out for selling , they left  and recently came back in 2016 . Nike air mags were not originally self tieing until a woman named Tiffany Beers . The shoes sold at it highest was $37 , 500 , but now they are currently $10,000 . The reason as to why these shoes cost so much is because the time and effort put into them . Also the amount of energy that is made with them and put inside of them .

In conclusion , these shoes were made for a movie called “Back To The Future Part 2” They cost a lot of money . They were designed and processed by two different people . They cost a lot of money and they are the new “Hot thing“ going on . Everybody is talking about these !

Sky Slide

The Slide

People thought it was impossible, a glass slide on the side of a building is not your everyday thing. People go inside the skyscraper just to ride the slide. Doesn’t matter if people have jumped off planes or climbed mountains because this slide is especially something to remember. The U.S  Bank Tower is the first tower to have this amazing all glass slide.
Slides on the sides of buildings are pretty new but definitely cool . A whole glass might be your next vacation so this article might have helped you!


Above the beautiful streets of Las Vegas,a giant glass slide stands on the side of a building . A glass slide built for pure entertainment and can even be called a mini amusement .The slide is completely made out of glass and is going to be a huge thing for this skyscraper. It is a huge marvel and we are going to tell you more about it ! Now this slide might be the big next thing so here is more information .

About The Slide

This slide is 45 feet long and 1,000 feet above the ground . This slide is located in downtown Los Angeles , on the outside of the U.S Bank Tower. This building is so far the tallest building in the U.S west of Mississippi , making the slide look even more scary and nerve wrecking . The slide transports people from the 70th floor to the outside of the 69th floor . The glass that the slide is made out of is only 1.25 inches thick , it’s suppose to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 110 mph .