Things Have Changed For Me



Three years down, one-hundred and seventy-some days to go, and then my time at Lebanon High will become a thing of the past.

Just like anyone who has been through the trial that is high school, I can say that it wasn’t always the best of times. Hours and hours of homework and the stress are definitely not my favorite things.

There were times that I wanted to quit, drop out, and never return again. But now, I would happily stay here for many more years.

In ninth grade, I was so excited to finally begin my countdown to the end of my schooling. On almost a daily basis, I had to remind myself ‘Just four years, I can wait that long, I know I can.’

It wasn’t that I hated school, not at that point. I just didn’t like the concept, I didn’t like not being able to take art or music classes all day and being stuck in core classes.

Despite that, when I did start getting more elective classes in tenth grade, it just made me dislike school more. I was tired of the same routine, and having small breaks of fun in art made be resent the Math and Science classes even more.

To say I’m not good at those subjects is a bit of an understatement. To make matters worse, I still had no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated.

Suddenly, I found myself in eleventh grade and still no plan. I started focusing on what I liked the most, my Art and English classes, as well as working for the yearbook and The Cedar Times.

I enjoyed writing and creating art, and I surrounded myself with people who were willing to help me improve on my other classes. My grades were getting better, and sure, I hated getting up early, but I didn’t hate school anymore.

Now I’m counting down the days until graduation for positive reasons. I’m eager to move on to bigger things, but I also know that things will be completely different from high school.

No more Homecoming dances, no more pep assemblies, and no more ‘Have a great day, Lebanon High’ every morning. I’m gonna miss it here and as much as anyone else will try to deny it, so will every other senior.

My biggest regret from my time at LHS is definitely not realizing what I was taking for granted. All those times in previous years when I didn’t participate in an event because I thought I was ‘too cool’ for it (which, I will say, was never true).

My time here would have been much better had I realized that sooner. Participating in the clubs and events I do now makes me wish I could go back in time and change my ways, make myself appreciate everything our school has to offer.

I made it my own personal mission this year to try and make up for lost time. I’ll go to every game and event I possibly can, as well as take more time to hang out with friends I know I may never see again after graduation.

So here is my final message to all struggling underclassmen: Don’t take our school for granted. All the stress and anger you are feeling is only temporary, and there will be a point when you realize that you spent a year or two missing out.

High school is a rollercoaster, it feels like forever getting up to the top of the hill, but once you’re at the top, once you’re a senior, all of it will fly by and soon enough you will be at the end of the ride.

Take your time, relish in the anticipation and excitement you feel as you climb up the hill. Most of all, make sure you enjoy the view.



The Ultimate Championship Game



During the weekend of March 18th through March 20th, the 7th grade Lebanon girls traveling Basketball team received the winning title in the Championship game against Newport. With the score being 33-32, the girls won by a lucky three-pointer finishing and ending their final season.

The winning shot came from Avery Hupp, who also scored twelve points, leading the team to its victory. With the help of her team and their phenomenal point guards, Giahny Correa and Avril Torrez, the girls conquered their goal of beating Newport for the first time in four years.

The girls had lost to them during their first game on Friday, with the score of 20-19. The girls realized they had the potential and talent to win their home Championship game.

Lebanon’s fans promised to cheer the girls on during their last and final game.

With winning the championship, the girls received trophies for their outstanding and superb job of playing hard, hustling, and playing as a team.


RIP… Again


– Editorial Editor

Time and time again, posts pop up on the internet claiming that a celebrity has died. Sadly, some of these are true and the world is shaken by these deaths, but sometimes they are just hoaxes.

Justin Bieber, Eminem, and Morgan Freeman have all been victims of ‘internet death.’ Fans of the ‘recently deceased’ all swarm up and post about how much this still living person will be missed.

Now, any person who knows not to trust random Facebook articles will automatically do a quick search and find that So-and-So is not actually dead.

On top of fake deaths, some actually deceased celebrities may experience a “re-death.” One of the most famous “re-deaths” was Shirley Temple.

Every few months, Twitter and Facebook will pop up with articles saying something along the lines of “RIP Shirley Temple, you will be missed, 1928-(current year of post).”

It’s great that people want to remember a cultural icon like Temple, but to put it bluntly her death is old news. Temple died in early 2014, not last week.

Another thing to think about is how living celebrities feel when they see fake death posts about themselves. They may get pretty nervous that people are talking about their non-existent death, or they may feel a sense of appreciation that they would be missed so much after their death.

So next time you see a post about a celebrity dying, instead of pressing ‘share,’ you should do a little research beforehand.

How to Bear Valentine’s: Guide for the Single

gcHxQEO7pP0BY LEAH CONNATSERArts and Entertainment Editor

February 14th is a special day for some, but just another day for others. This article is for loners who choose to love themselves first rather than get into a relationship.

Let’s start off with a little background on why Valentine’s Day is actually a national holiday.

According to Mark Merrill of, during the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. Claudius canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome.

A Christian priest named Valentine stood up for love and gave his life for couples to be together.

Times have changed and the importance of love has altered enough for me to write this article right now. Things are different.

You have to face it; it isn’t elementary school anymore. People do not have to give you a valentine now.

Hearts are filling the air and big bears a… ABSOLUTELY NOT!

There are many upsides to being single on Valentine’s Day. Think about it, you do not have to spend any money on someone, and that means the chocolate in stores is on sale the day after, February 15th.

Here are a couple of ways to duck from the lovebirds and celebrate Valentine’s Day if you do not have a significant other.

Your best friend or friends are a go to for this holiday. Go out to eat, watch a movie or even go bowling, there are endless options.

If all your friends are busy, go buy yourself a gift. We are indispensible and deserve to make ourselves happy.

If you cannot do any of these activities and have to go to the last resort, turn on that new season of your favorite show and embrace your tear-filled sweater, because it isn’t that awful to be alone.




It’s a Super Sweet Sixteen


Staff Writer

Throughout a female teenager’s life, they go through changes and developments in their body. Sixteen, in the United States, is the age of becoming a woman.

It is the age of allowing young adults to receive their license. It’s also an age where many of them learn how to take responsibility for themselves.

To plan a sweet sixteen, it takes hard work, dedication, and teamwork to get the job done. My family and I have been planning my sweet sixteen for about a year.

With the help of my friends and close relatives, we have come a long way in order to have one wonderful night. This will be the one night where I get to change from being daddy’s little girl into a young woman.

Usually this cultural tradition for having a sweet sixteen, is to dedicate 16 candles to 16 family members that have changed your life for the better. It’s to thank them for shaping you into the young lady you are today.

Usually, the girl gives the first candles to her parents. She then gives the other 14 candles to those who helped shape the woman she has become.

The final candle either goes out to her boyfriend or one of her close friends.

Even though this memorable party gives loads of headaches, it also allows memorable moments to last forever and brings families closer together.


Attacks Throughout the Year 2015

BY Ilyana Correa – Staff Writer

During 2015, there have been 140,000 terrorist attacks. Many of these attacks were caused by ones’ beliefs, a failed security system, and a lack of trust amongst the different cultures and countries.

Religious beliefs and cultural differences created a divided nation with each country to prove that their religion is the almighty one.

For example, the Muslims believe Allah, their God, signifies protection of their own, regardless of the sacrifice. They believe taking risks and doing what is right for them is the correct way.

The United States blames many Arabians for the deaths they caused and the destruction of a normal life, but we’ve also caused tragedy in their lives as well. The United States’ greed to take what is not ours and our arrogance has caused tremendous loss of life and an overwhelming feeling of not being safe.

Despite increased security measures after 9/11, 2015 has had its fair share of terrorist attacks, which leads the American people to believe that our security systems have failed. Adjustments need to be made to make Americans feel safe and protected.

Terrorist attacks cause war. War causes sadness, but also gives us a sense of our strength and our commitment to the American people. The lack of trust between our dividing nations is what causes hatred and karma.

We fight against our own people, we disagree on topics we should be agreeing on, and we disrespect each other when we should be consulting each other.

As the New Year dawns, we should, as a community, make a change in the problems and fights that occur. We should learn to make peace with the world rather than fighting with the ones we love.

Give a Gift

BY LEAH CONNATSER – Arts and Entertainment Editorgift

Ho, ho, ho! Will you need great gift ideas that do not empty your wallet? Then read on for some tips to help you do just that.

First off, think of who the person is, and how much they mean to you.

Generally, someone who means a lot to you usually doesn’t want you to spend your money on an expensive gift.

FYI, there are so many DIY gifts you can make for a loved one.

For example, in this YouTube video, youtuber ‘Maybaby’ demonstrates cool and inexpensive gift ideas including candy boxes, a personalized phone case, unbaked brownies in a jar, and many more.

Here is another link if the first one wasn’t enough, ‘Sara’s Beauty Corner’ explains how to make a personalized sweater, a picture frame, and others.

Thinking of a gift for a family member?

Hand your relative a picture of the two of you with a personalized frame from the previous video link. It reminds them of how much time really does fly and how you guys are still so close.

Possibly, if that person asks you if you spent money on them, you can clearly answer, “No, I made it with love.” Although they might have wanted something new, that is just what they want to hear, well at least what they pretend they want to hear.

If you are looking for a present for someone who you are interested in, buy two movie tickets and a bag of popcorn for them. This will not make them salty like the popcorn, but rather joyful.

You do not look too obsessive and it shows the person you want to keep talking to them and moving forward with the relationship.

Check out the new Stars Wars movie, The Force Awakens, coming out December 14th. Most people like that fantasy stuff and you can incorporate this sentence in,

“May ‘your name’ be with you;” write your name in the blank for a flirtatious vibe.

If you cannot afford wrapping materials, or if you are a bad wrapper like me, buy already wrapped gift boxes here.

Seeking gifts for a friend? What are those secret words and fun memories you keep with that friend?

Remember the top secret code words you use for her weird uncle? Yeah, I am referring to Uncle Mustache.

Buy a personal gift that only they will understand and love, such as, best friend pizza necklaces; best friend pizza necklaces.

If it is difficult to figure out a person and what they want for Christmas, you can always resort to Plan B. Buy a gift card so that person can buy something they like.

The holiday season is slowly coming around the corner and so is your crazy, annoying neighbor putting up Christmas lights at two in the morning for some unknown reason.

Be prepared for Christmas by buying or making the gifts early. Make sure to try out any of these DIY projects because surely any receiver would love the work you put into them.

As Edgar Allen Poe once wrote, “We loved with a love that was more than love.” Love and cherish all of the moments with your family and friends this holiday season.

Let it Poe, let it Poe, let it Poe!