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Rachel’s Challenge

An organization put together to help put bullying to an end
Evie Clause
Guest Writer

Rachel’s Challenge, a group put together based on a sad tragedy to try and put an end to bullying, visited Port Huron Schools on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to try and prevent bullying in not only schools, but everywhere in the community.
They started this after the horrible massacre happened at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999, where 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered, and 21 others were injured by two students who had entered the school during the day planning to hurt many.
Rachel always knew she was going to make an impact and change the world. Fort Gratiot Middle School student Lauren Poosch, 13, from Port Huron said, “It was a very inspirational and touching speech. It makes you think about how your actions could affect one another. I really enjoyed this assembly.” Rachel accomplished her dream and is still helping others around the world today.
Rachel had many dreams about how to spread kindness to others and how to make the world a better place for everyone.
After the tragic event, one day her dad was looking through her stuff and happened to find an old crumbled up English paper that was never turned in behind her bed. He opened it up, and the paper was all about how to spread happiness and how to be kind.
It also included five goals that we could try to accomplish. Those goals were, “dream big and believe in yourself, be kind to others, practice positive gossip, show appreciation to those you love, and be the answer.”
Rachel also wanted the reader to start a chain reaction, once you start doing Rachel’s challenges, try to get others to join you.
Rachel wanted others to be inspired, touched, and helped by her and her message. She had drawn a hand on the back of her dresser when she was younger and inside she wrote “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.” She has made a large impact on the lives of many.
Rachel was always such a happy person that had big dreams. She knew she would make them come true. Rachel was a strong person and she stood up for not only herself but others. She would sacrifice herself for another person.
A few days after Rachel’s funeral, Rachel’s dad got a strange call from a man he didn’t know that said he was having a reoccurring dream about his daughter and it was very odd, but Rachel’s father never really thought twice about it until he picked up his daughter’s backpack from the police station. Rachel’s dad went through her bag, only to find a drawing in the back of a notebook that had 13 teardrops coming from a pair of eyes in the sky. This picture described the man’s dream. The 13 drops represent the number of lives that were taken by two former students at that horrifying event. Near the bottom of the drawing was a rose growing, as if the tears were creating new life and helping someone or something.
Rachel was a very inspirational girl that has helped many by spreading kindness and love to all. She wanted to start a chain reaction, a reaction of compassion, love, and hope to help others.

Do you accept the challenge?

Middle school students learn about Rachel’s Challenge
Karlee McNutt and Amelia Suiter
Guest Writers

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, an assembly was held at Fort Gratiot Middle School for all students and staff who attend FGMS. Colleen Kirk, guest speaker, came to talk about Rachel’s Challenge and to inform the students about kindness and Rachel’s dream.
Rachel was a normal teenage girl who attended Columbine High School. She loved to help people who were being bullied or didn’t have many friends at her school. But she knew she was going to die young.
April 20, 1999, the worst school shooting occurred in U.S history. Rachel was the first to die, along with 12 other students and teachers. Rachel’s parents were devastated.
Rachel believed in compassion and kindness. She had a theory; a theory that she could start a chain reaction of kindness, that she could change the world.
Rachel challenged the world to do five things that would start a chain reaction: look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness, and start your own chain reaction.
Most students at FGMS thought that the assembly would help them start a chain reaction of kindness. Even if it’s as simple as smiling to someone you don’t know. Simple act of kindness could turn a bad day into a good day.
“I think Rachel’s Challenge was very inspiring. I think that it will help me start a chain reaction of my own. Although it was helpful, it was sad to learn about Rachel and how she died,” said Jessica Remick, 12, of Fort Gratiot.
Another student at FGMS, Andrew Raymo, 11, of Fort Gratiot, said, “There was a great message behind Rachel’s Challenge and it will help me start a chain reaction of my own to help the world become a better place.”
Most students at FGMS thought that the presentation helped them become a better person and care for the world and its people in a better way.
The halls of Fort Gratiot Middle School have become a kinder environment for students and staff because of Rachel’s Challenge and we hope everybody around the world will make an effort to do the same.

Rachel’s chain

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Rachel’s Scott’s hands touch the hearts of students at Fort Gratiot Middle School
Paige Cronce and Amber Sharrow
Guest Writers

On Tuesday, February 10, Colleen Kirk came to fort Gratiot Middle School to share with students about a young woman named Rachel Scott; a girl whose heart was as big as her dreams for the world. She wanted to affect the lives of many people, but she had a feeling that she would die at a young age, and she did.
On April 20, 1999, Rachel and 12 others were killed in the columbine high school shooting Denver Colorado. Their families were absolutely devastated. Many students feel that it was a great assembly that made many kids realize how important it is to treat others with kindness.
Paige Cronce, 12, from Port Huron, is one of the students that have recently been chosen to be in the F.O.R club, which stands for “Friends of Rachel.”
“I think the F.O.R club is a great program,” said Cronce, “we are just starting up, but we plan to change our school for the better.” The F.O.R. club at Fort Gratiot Middle School has been doing things to make others smile, like putting notes on their lockers.
“Ever since the assembly, people have been acting nicer and trying to make a difference,” said Fort Gratiot Middle School student Amber Sharrow. And she’s not the only one that thinks so; many students have seen a change in the attitudes of their peers.
“After the Rachel’s challenge presentation, I have seen more people go out of their way to help others, and [they are] trying to be more like Rachel,” says Payton Wiley, another student from Fort Gratiot Middle School. Also many people were inspired to follow their dreams.
During the assembly, the students learned about how Rachel wanted to make a difference in the world. As a result, people have been coming up with ways to do the same. If only everyone could hear the life-changing story of Rachel Joy Scott, this world would be so full of love. So, as Rachel advised, let’s start a chain reaction of kindness to make the world a better place.

Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge
An organization to help fight against bullying
Isabella Harrison
Guest Writer

On Tuesday Feb. 10, an assembly titled, “Rachel’s Challenge” took place at Fort Gratiot Middle School. This assembly told stories about not only the tragedy that happened but the story of a young girl, Rachel, and her stories about spreading kindness.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting that took place on April 20, 1999. Sadly, the two students that started the shooting took her life along with 12 others.
But Rachel’s legacy lived on.
When Rachel’s dad was moving all of her belongings out of her room, he found a crumpled up piece of paper. The paper was for her English class and was all about spreading kindness to others. Also in her paper, Rachel included 5 challenges that she challenged the reader to do.
The 5 challenges are dream big and believe in yourself, be kind to others, practice positive gossip, show appreciation to those you love, and be the answer.
Rachel also wanted the reader to start a chain reaction, once you start doing Rachel’s challenges, try to get others to join you.
Rachel was always spreading kindness to others in her school and always had good ways to look at life.
A few days after Rachel’s funeral, Rachel’s parents got a call from a man they didn’t know saying that he was very sorry about what happened to their daughter. He also told them about a dream he had. Her parents didn’t think much about what the man that called had said, until they got another call from the police saying they could come pick up Rachel’s backpack. After her dad got Rachel’s backpack, he looked at the last thing she had written in her journal. He was shocked to see what was on the page. It was a drawing of Rachel’s eyes crying onto a rose, the same way the man had described his dream. When he looked closer, he counted 13 tears, which is how many people were killed in the shooting at her school.
There are so many great stories from the “Rachel’s Challenge” assembly, including her ideas on starting a chain reaction about being kind to everyone. Rachel wanted to touch the hearts of millions of people, and she did.
Her essay for her English class and her inspiring quotes are continuing to inspire people all over the world to treat people with kindness.

One of the most anticipated games of 2015

Evolve made by Turtle Rock Studios
Austin Gardner
Guest Writer

Evolve is one of the most anticipated games of 2015. The developer of the “Left for Dead” series, a game about cooperation to get through a level filled with zombies. Experience with this kind of cooperation helped them produce the game called “Evolve.” In this game, there are five players, four are hunters trying to kill the monster (there are 3 to choose from) that needs to evolve by eating other NPC animals.
The hunters are on the planet shear on the ”far arm of the galaxy.” The hunters were hired to kill the monsters by colonists that want to protect their homes. The game is a fairly gore filled game with all the monster blood. That’s why it is rated ‘M’ for mature with all the gore and the cursing.
IGN rated the game a 9/10. Gamespot rated it 8/10 and Steam rated it a 6/10. Evolve placed number one on the Uk software sales chart. IGN stated that “it is rare for a big multiplayer game to feel so considered and intelligent.”
I would recommend this game to anyone who likes to play left for dead or wants to have the feeling of David and Goliath fight. This game makes you realize how small you actually are with all of the monsters that can kill you and your team in seconds. If the monster is used correctly it can be virtually un-killable. But that can be the same for the hunters.
This game has no story mode, though as long as you play this game with WiFi it is great, but if you play solo mode it is very hard because the artificial intelligence will hold you back from killing the monster, by getting stuck or never using their abilities correctly. Some people say that the game coming out with over 70 different Downloadable Content’s, they feel like they are being held back from content. The developers say that the reason is because they didn’t finish the content in time for the release of the game. But all and all the game is good graphic wise. And although the game play might start to feel repetitive after 2-3 hours of playing, the game is fun and I would suggest this game to all of my friends.

A different look at war

America’s most courageous sniper
Kaine LaChappelle
Guest Writer

American-Sniper-Movie-PosterU.S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) is sent to war after he is outraged with terrorist attacks happening on his own land. On his four tours he learns to have exceptional accuracy and earns the nickname “Legend” after saving countless lives on the battlefield.
After Kyle earns this nickname, his reputation isn’t just spread around his colleagues; his enemies also get to know his name. He becomes their prime target because he has killed many of their soldiers. While he did not like to kill, he did it to protect him, his brothers, and his country.
For the short amount of time he is at home, he faces quandaries between him and his family. His wife (played as Sienna Miller) wants him to come home and give their two kids a father.
Kyle however, has other plans. He wants to complete one last mission before resigning. On his fourth and last tour, he completes that mission. While under fire, he calls his wife and says “I’m ready to come home.” On his way back to a truck, a giant sandstorm hits. No one can see a thing. Scrambling to see and get to his truck, he’s shot in the leg. The truck starts to take off without him, so he drops his rifle, his helmet, and his bible to catch up to the truck.
In the beginning of the movie, it shows Chris and his dad hunting for deer. After Chris shoots a deer, he runs over to it and drops his gun in the dirt. His dad yells at him to never leave your rifle in the dirt. Even though, in the end he does.
After his long plane ride home, he can’t stop thinking about the war. When he’s at home, sitting by his TV, he hears the sounds of gunshots and explosions but nothing is playing. So he turns to a counselor at a local hospital to try and help. While he’s there, his counselor has him talk to other veterans that have been injured. He finds it comforting talking to them about war and how they got hurt. So to get his mind off war, he takes them out shooting. But one day, he takes out a man for shooting that has some mental disabilities that he was unaware of. That man ends up killing Chris Kyle on February 2, 2013. He thought Chris was a threat to him and everyone else.
This just proves you can’t see everything therefore, you can’t stop everything. I think Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller played very well as a couple. In the movie, Sienna thinks about leaving him, which did actually happen in real life. There are some pretty gory or violent parts that didn’t actually happen. In the movie, it shows Chris Kyle forcing himself to shoot a very young male who was trying to throw a grenade at fellow Marines.
Overall, I think this is a very good movie. It shows that war isn’t good like some people make it seem. War can leave you seeing things and doing things you don’t want to do. In the end, it can have you scarred. I would recommend this movie to anyone that knows what war actually is and that soldiers have to do what they must.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of water

The sea comes to shore
Caleb Vincent
Guest Writer


Life is great in the Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown), and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). However when the Secret Recipe for Krabby Patties mysteriously disappears, the Bikini Bottom goes into panic. SpongeBob must join forces with the mischievous Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) and go above water to battle the evil Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.
SpongeBob and Plankton build a time machine to travel through time in hopes of finding the secret recipe. But when they find themselves meeting a magical dolphin named Bubbles, who keeps the whole universe in balance. When they are told to watch over in place for the dolphin, they end up destroying a planet. Once the two of them return to the Bikini Bottom, it is in complete chaos. So SpongeBob and his team of friends emerge to shore with their friend Bubbles help.
Bubbles give them the ability to breathe on land. They use a magical book to give themselves super powers to defeat the evil Burger Beard. They have an intense battle with Burger Beard. During their struggle, Burger Beard uses his pirate ship/restaurant that is fully equipped with multiple cannons. He fires at SpongeBob missing most, when a cannon ball slips through the ring upon SpongeBob’s head and gets trapped in a bubble. SpongeBob uses his bubble ability to trap all the cannonballs in bubbles.
When Burger Beard tries to escape in his “ship on wheels,” the whole team starts to chase him down. Once they caught him Plankton, with his massive body and super strength, drop-kicked Burger Beard all the way to a small island. The team returns back to the Bikini Bottom with the secret recipe and everything goes back to normal. Plankton even goes back to his thievish ways and tries to steal the secret recipe. So the team emerges victorious from their intense battle with thee evil Burger Beard and everyone is happy, well except Burger Beard of course.
This is an excellent movie for everybody. I highly recommend it; the SpongeBob Movie is an Adventure/Comedy and is fun for all ages.

Director: Paul Tibbitt
Release date: February 6, 2015 (USA)
Music Composed by: John Debney
Screenplay: Glenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel
Story by: Paul Tibbitt