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  1. 1. Electronics company Apple has announced a new line of products that will debut in the United States this spring. The one product that has the tech community buzzing? The Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is a small computer and monitor worn around the wrist. It comes in three styles: the Standard, Sport, and Edition. Each style is available in 38mm and 42mm sizes. The standard is made of steel and costs $549-$1,049. The Sport is made of an aluminum alloy and is$349-$399. The Edition is made of 14- carat gold and costs $10,000-$17,000. The Watch is expected to function similarly to an iPod. However, its applications are designed to be quicker and more con- venient for use on a wristwatch. An incoming call can be denied by lowering your arm, or accepted by raising it to your mouth. An incoming text gains your attention through a tap on the wrist. Surprisingly, the smaller size of the Watch does not limit the amount of control you have in its apps. The music app allows you to pause, skip, and adjust volume while still giving you the ability to see what is playing and who the song is from. The Watch also specializes as a fitness helper. It keeps track of your fitness stats, such as how long you have exercised, how many calories you’ve burned, and how many times throughout the day you stood up. Based on that data, it then sets goals to help improve your lifestyle. APPLE WATCH Adam Fellenbaum | Reporter 4/6/15 Apple. Apple.com
  2. 2. New York City public schools will formally observe two additional holidays for the 2015-2016 school year. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that city schools will close for the Islamic holy days of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, and Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. The decision will affect over one million students in the public school system. Approximately 10% of New York’s public school students are practicing Muslims. NYC is not the first school district to observe Muslim holidays. Districts in states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont already observe Muslim holidays. New York City students already have off school for Christian holidays such as Good Friday and Christmas, as well as the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. NYC schools to observe Muslim holidays in 2015-2016 Kristin Sprecher | Staff Reporter NATIONAL U.S. military veterans commit suicide at double—and some- times triple—the rates of civilians, with the rates varying from state to state. The suicide rate of military veterans has grown annually at more than double the percentage of the civilian rate, according to a new study published in the Feb- ruary issue of the Annals of Epidemiology. Between the years 1999 and 2010, the estimated suicide fre- quency was 22 veterans per day, or one every 65 minutes. In 2012 alone, however, nearly 6,500 former military personnel killed themselves. Experts agree, though, that the actual number of veteran suicides could be much higher, because of the difference in the way each state reports suicides. Part of the problem: there is no uniform national reporting system for deaths--including death by suicide--according to Luana Ritch. Ritch—the Service Members, Veterans and Military Families Coordinator for the Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services—says that reporting veteran deaths, especially those by suicide, requires a coroner or funeral director to explicitly label the deceased’s status as “military veteran.” According to national studies, some 30% of all veterans have considered suicide, and about 69% of those veterans were age 50 or older. A study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medi- cine found that, “Combat veterans are not only more likely to have suicidal ideation, often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, but they are more likely to act on a suicidal plan. Especially since veterans may be less likely to seek help from a mental health professional.” In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service, and in 2011 a text messaging service was added to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidentiality. Veterans and suicide rates Morgan Keretzman| Staff Reporter
  3. 3. School News GS prom preview Morgan Keretzman | Staff Reporter Prom season is just around the corner and—word is—not everyone is ready. Most Garden Spot students are wondering, when is prom? Where is the prom being held? How can I get tickets? And, what is the theme? Prom—a formal evening of dinner and dancing— is an annual tradition for juniors and seniors. The prom, hosted by the graduating Class of 2016, will be held on May 2 from 5-10pm at the Eden Resort and Suites, Lancaster. Tickets are $60 per person. To reserve tickets, students first must log on to www.gshsprom2015.weebly.com. There, students will be asked to provide their name, their guest (if applicable), and their school email address for verification purposes. Once students have signed up on-line to reserve their tickets, they then must see Mr. Becket in room 515 to pay for their tickets. Checks should be made payable to: Garden Spot High School. The memo line on the check should read: Class of 2016. At the time of purchase, students also will have the opportunity to choose their meals and seating locations. Any junior or senior who is bringing a guest who is not currently enrolled at Garden Spot must see Mrs. Montagna in the high school office for paperwork. The last day to register a guest is April 24. It is imperative that students meet this deadline. The theme of this year’s prom is a masquerade, and the Class of 2016 will provide each attendee with a mask as a souvenir. According to the prom website, however, students also are allowed to bring their own masks, as long as the masks do not “adhere” to students’ faces. In other words, students must be able to easily remove the mask for identification purposes. The prom is a school-sanctioned extra-curricular event, therefore students must be in good standing in order to attend, and all school rules apply. Features at this year’s prom include Mixed-Up Productions—a team of DJs based out of Harrisburg—as well as a photo booth, dinner and dancing. The Eden Resort and Suites is located at 222 Eden Rd., Lancaster, just off route 272. Photo: edenresort.com
  4. 4. School News Review: Garden Spot winter band concert By Amanda Kings | Staff Reporter On Feb. 24 the high school band, under the direction of Richard Fitz, performed its annual winter concert. Despite the challenge of having seven two-hour delays that took away critical practice time, they staged a marvelous performance, featuring twelve musical selections. The band kicked off their concert with the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “Entrance of the Gladiators,” a Czech military march more commonly known to American audiences as “the circus song.” From there, the show took a somber turn with selections from American composer Robert W. Smith’s “The Divine Comedy Symphony.” The selections—“Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” “The Ascension” and “Paradiso”—are based on Dante’s epic poem “The Devine Comedy.” These songs depicted in music form what Dante tried to express in his poem: his visions of Hades and the punishment received there; his journey through the purifying trials of purgatory; and his ascension into heaven, where he finally was accepted into Paradise. There was a short break while band members changed instruments, and Fitz introduced the next piece, “On a Hymnsong,” by Phillip Bliss. Alex Hershey, grade 12, performed an original composition for piano entitled “Oranges.” “Love’s Enchantment” came next, featuring a trombone solo played by John Redding, grade 12, followed by “Lux Arumique” and “Ari Varie,” which featured a euphonium solo by Adam Fellenbaum, grade 12. The closing composition was a medley of six songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical “Phantom of the Opera,” a chilling and moving collection that tied the evening together. This medley incorporated the musical numbers “The Angel of Music,” “Think of Me,” “The Point of No Return,” “All I ask of You” and, of course, “The Phantom of the Opera.” The concert was a terrific experience and the high school band did a fantastic job of performing each song. Richard Fitz, conductor
  5. 5. In the Spotlight Juliana Wardle—NYC bound Megan Hopper | Staff Reporter If you’ve attended a Garden Spot Performing Art’s show or a chorus concert anytime in the past six years, chances are you’ve seen and heard the talented Juliana Wardle. Wardle, grade 12, is an accomplished singer, actress, and youth pageant competitor. Last year, she had audiences laughing at her antics and her (deliberately) awful-sounding voice in GSPA’s production of “Singin’ In the Rain”—and audiences can catch her in her GSPA swan song, April 16-19, when she brings to life the role of Rosie Alvarez in the school’s musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” And now, this talented actress and vocalist has earned herself a coveted spot at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Wardle knows the competition in NYC will be fierce—and that she’s going to have to work harder than she’s ever worked for anything in her entire life. But after so many years of practicing and rehearsing, she’s ready to chase her dreams of one day performing on Broadway. She has fond memories of growing up, listening to her mom sing songs by Elvis Presley. By the age of four, she herself was singing along to those songs, and dreaming of the day when she could perform for others. By age six, she was cast in her first musical, “Christmas Shoes,” at New Holland Church of the Nazarene. As a direct result of that experience, she developed a passion for theater—especially musical theater—and performing in front of a live audience. Wardle came up through the ranks of GSPA as a middle schooler, freshman, and sophomore—and after faithfully serving in supporting roles and developing her craft, she earned a lead role in GSPA’s “The Lottery” during the fall of her junior year. The show—based on the creepy and wonderful short narrative by Shirley Jackson—is about a protagonist named Tessie, played by Wardle, who gets stoned to death as part of her community’s annual ritual. For those who caught her performance as Tessie in “The Lottery”—you know that her blood-curdling scream at the end of the show was worth the price of the ticket. One of Wardle’s favorite things about participating with GSPA is their pre-performance rituals, especially on opening and closing nights. In those meetings, the directors—Josh Martin and Stan Deen—give the cast a pep talk, then everyone gets flowers, and—right before taking the stage— the cast has an energetic shake down and dance party. Her memories of these traditions on opening and closing night will always be a highlight of her time at Garden Spot. Her least favorite thing about performing is all of the rehearsing and practicing and preparing. The rehearsal season, especially for a musical, is long and exhausting, and it can get tedious to memorize all of the songs, dialogue, blocking, and dance routines. Outside of GSPA, Wardle is also involved in band and cheerleading, and served as cheerleading captain this year. She also has performed with Ephrata Performing Arts Center and Cavod Academy, New Holland.
  6. 6. BEN MYERS: Q & A Ben Myers, grade 12, produces electronic music for the internet. His style is best described as a combination of “electronic, house, dubstep, and a little bit of vaporwave.” Myers works solo, but also founded a group called “Afterparty,” along with Stephen Zelenak, who graduated from Garden Spot in 2014. Myers started out playing the drums at age eight, and from there he fell in love with music and continued to pick-up new instru- ments, including the guitar, bass guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and the saxophone. Even though he started playing drums at eight, he didn’t start creating original music until 11. He was fascinated by all of the intricate details and fine-tuning that goes into producing a song. What are your music influences? Dillon Francis, Diplo, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tristan, Haywire, Pegboard nerds, My Little Notice, Wolfgang Gartner, Cashmere Cat, S A I N T P E P S I , Yung Lean, Yung Gud, Drake, Watsky, and Coldplay. What other genres do you listen to? Jazz, rock, alterative, and pop. What other equipment do you use? Computer, microphone, keyboard, guitar, bass. How long on average does it take to make one song? Anywhere between two weeks to two months, because you have to find what sounds good, and have to combine instruments to find something that is pleasing to the ear. Why should people listen to you? I work hard on all my songs, and people’s feedback helps me make better music. What are some of your songs that people should listen to right now? “Masters of the Dark” by Afterparty “Atlas” by Ben Myers “Revolution Remix” by Afterparty Nik Cramer | Staff Reporter
  7. 7. Any iconic made-in-PA food: “Heinz Ketchup. If you can’t acknowledge the sanctity of Heinz Ketchup, I will have to question not only your taste, but your patriotism. Martin’s potato rolls. No chip can compete with a Herr’s potato chip. What else? A-Treat cream soda and root beer. Aaahhh—Tastykakes!! I wouldn’t eat a Little Debbie if I were on the brink of starvation! Give me Tastykakes or give me death! Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said?” – Ms. Martin, English Beefaroni: “Nothing says fine Italian cuisine like pasta from a can!” – Mr. Schneider, history BUSINESS NEWS Kraft & Heinz to merge SpartaNews Staff | with attribution to Reuters and Associated Press A mega-merger is underway between Kraft Foods—the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats—and the iconic American ketchup maker Heinz. The merger will create North America's third-largest food and beverage company. The combined company will have eight brands worth more than $1 billion each. Kraft Food owns and distributes a wide range of products, from their signature Kraft EasyMac and Kraft Singles to countless products not bearing the Kraft label, such as A-1 Steak Sauce, Jello-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Miracle Whip, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and the Planters line of nuts. Kraft is also the North American grocery distributor for major retail chains such as Starbucks and Taco Bell. Heinz—founded in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1888 by Henry J. Heinz—owns and distributes a vast web of products from Ore- Ida frozen potatoes and Bagel Bites to the freezer-section dinners and appetizers bearing the TGI Friday’s and Weight Watchers labels. The combined company will have annual revenue of about $28 billion. The foods we love—that you just don’t mess with | SpartaNews Staff On the heels of the news about a merger between US food giants Kraft and Heinz, analysts in the food industry have started to wonder: what are the chances that some of our favorite foods could see their recipes altered as the result of this merger or—worse—could be eliminated altogether? The fact is: there are certain foods that you just don’t mess with. And we mean not one bit: don’t alter the recipe, don’t buy generic brands that claim to be “as good as” the original, and definitely do not try making your own homemade versions. We were curious about the foods that fall under the “Do Not Mess With A Good Thing” category, so we asked our GS staff what store-bought foods they’d keep unchanged until the end of time. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: “Nothing else can put such a ginormous smile on my face and a tear of happiness in the corner of my eye. This sweet perfection is not to be messed with.” – Mr. Falvey, math Double Stuf Oreos: “Why mess with perfection? No other “sandwich” cookie mixes the perfect amount of chocolate and cream with supreme dunkability. Imitators need not apply! You won’t find any “Hydrox,” “Chocolate Twist n Shouts,” or “Newmano’s” in my pantry.” – Mrs. Schneider, history Fiesta Dogs (The Jumbo Version): “If you’ve never had the chance to experience the 11th tee snack shack at Galen Hall, you need to give it a go. Quite possibly the best frankfurter you’ll ever taste. Jalapenos, Cheese, and meaty delight…an absolute party in your mouth!” – Mr. Stern, health Oreos: “They are America’s favorite cookie for a reason. I’ll admit, when I was a child and they1 took the trans fat out of them, I was pretty upset. They shouldn’t be messed with at all – all of those fancy flavors they’ve come out with should be trashed. They should go back to only selling plain Oreos or Double Stuf (and maybe the Triple Double Oreo). No generic brand can come close.” Mr. Brandt, math Achenbach’s Longjohn: “Often imitated, never duplicated. Yes, it has a few empty calories in it, but no doughnut, muffin, or cupcake comes close to such perfection.” Mr. Leister, science & technology Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Photo: heinz.com
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY Facebook’s new app: nostalgic or intrusive? Nik Cramer | Staff Reporter Facebook is unveiling a new service called “On This Day.” As its name suggests, this free app does what it says: It will show you old posts that you made on this exact day, either one, two, or several years ago. For example, if you posted pictures from a friend’s wedding on June 8, 2013, then on June 8 2015, Facebook’s new app will bring up those photos and ask if you want to re-post those memories to your current timeline. Facebook says these posts will not be made public unless you explicitly choose to share them. Some people, however, are complaining that they have been automatically subscribed to the free service without their consent. Some of those users said that Facebook has resurrected some horrible and painful memories for them, as the app randomly selected pictures of dead relatives or former significant others. LOCAL BUSINESS Guitar shop set to open in downtown Lancaster SpartaNews Staff A new guitar shop, Tone Tailors, is slated to open March 26th at 213 West King Street in the heart of downtown Lancaster City. The shop will carry a “boutique” selection of guitars—most of which are probably “dream” purchases for the average guitar player. The store will stock some guitars that start at roughly $500, while many others will run the price gamut into the $5,000-range. Tone Tailors will stock Nash Guitars, as well as American-made Reverend Guitars, which are known for their retro designs and unorthodox construction. The shop will also carry guitar accessories. Owners Jon Paul Painton and John LeClair plan to host workshops and performances in their new retail space. Photo: cnn.com Shop owners Jon Paul Painton and John LeClair Photo: Lancaster Newspapers
  9. 9. health Too good to be true? Could our coffee actually be “healthy”? Megan Olson | Staff Reporter Have you ever wondered if your coffee addiction could actually be good for you? New statistics suggest that the antioxidants found in coffee can offer prevention from several diseases, including Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, skin cancer and more. Korean researchers studied twenty-five thousand men and women who drink at least four cups of coffee per day on a regular basis, and found that those people were at a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease. Drinking about four cups of coffee each day was also found to decrease the risk of developing melanoma, a highly dangerous form of skin cancer. In other recent studies, coffee has been linked to reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis; these same studies suggest that coffee could be neuro- protective, meaning that it can suppress inflammation in the brain. For coffee lovers, all of this is great news, especially in light of other surveys which have suggested that there are health benefits to giving- up your daily cup ‘o Joe. GS English teacher Mrs. Custer said she thinks that most foods—even things like coffee—have benefits, as long as we eat and drink in moderation. She herself thinks there are some tremendous benefits to drinking coffee. Miranda Eckert, senior, says, “I like coffee, so I choose to believe that it’s healthy for me, and therefore it may create a placebo effect in my mind which causes my body to reap some actual health benefits.” Some students, on the other hand, were skeptical about the benefits of coffee. Senior Alyssa Waite says, “I’m skeptical, but I’m not totally against it.” It is important to keep in one thing mind: all of this research defines a “cup” of coffee as being 5 to 8 ounces, roughly 100mg of caffeine, either black or with a little bit of cream. Unfortunately, studies about the benefits of coffee do not apply to your favorite syrup- sweetened, whipped cream-covered drink at Starbucks. Photo: huffingtonpost.com HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS TOO MUCH? Up to 400mg of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee. Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, caffeine (in any form, i.e. soda, etc.) is not recommended for children under age 12. – The Mayo Clinic
  10. 10. SPORTS NHL playoff preview Nik Cramer | Staff Reporter The NHL playoffs are only a few games away—and the chase for the cup is shaping up to be a great contest. One thing you can bank on: There will be upsets, loads of competitive play, and players giving all they’ve got to have a shot at being number one. The San Jose Sharks may be out of a playoff spot. The Sharks, who have been to the playoffs every season for the past twelve years, may actually miss their playoff chance this year. It is possible for the Sharks to get a playoff spot—it’s possible, but it’s gonna be really hard. They are trailing by ten points (at the time I am writing this, Fri. Feb. 27) to the Winnipeg Jets. Now the Sharks have nine more games ahead of them, if they can at least get six or seven wins I can see them advancing to the playoffs. The former Stanley Cup champs, the Los Angeles Kings, also may not be in the playoffs this year. The Kings are four points behind, and both Calgary and Dallas are right on their tail. The problem for the Kings is that they’re losing easy games—and losing against teams that don’t have a chance of making the playoffs is proving detrimental to their post-season prospects. Now, let’s talk about the home team: the Philadelphia Flyers. Right now the Flyers have seven games remaining, with six of them against eastern teams. The Flyers are trailing the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins by nine points. I predict the Flyers will miss—or make—the playoffs by a slim point or two. Time will tell. The madness behind March Madness Caitlin Nelson | Reporter NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, is a huge event that collegiate basketball fans all over the nation go crazy about each spring, thus creating the name March Madness. The tournament, featuring 68 teams, runs from the second week in March until the first week of April. Fans can get in on the action by completing a bracket that lists their predictions for which team will win which game, and which team will ultimately win the title of NCAA National Champions. In the 79 years that March Madness has been in existence there has never been a documented perfect bracket. The NCAA D-I tourney was first played in 1939, the brainchild of Harold Olsen, Ohio State’s head basketball coach from 1922 to 1946. The tournament has been nationally televised since 1969 and it’s become one of the single most popular sporting events—professional, collegiate or amateur—in the United States. There are two different ways to get into the tournament. The 32 teams that win their conference championship gain automatic entry. The teams that don’t win their conference are put before the selection committee in the hopes of getting an “at- large bid,” a bid granted by invitation, not by right. Photo: turnaround.org
  11. 11. YouTube Life Hacks 1. Go to www.youtube.com/disco and enter an artist’s name—YouTube will auto-arrange a playlist based on that artist’s music. 2. Go to www.youtuberepeat.com and enter a song or video title—YouTube will keep your video on auto repeat. Pop Culture YouTube: An Overview Rachael Whitehouse | Staff Report In the past nine years YouTube has substantially grown in popularity, both in the US and abroad. YouTube, founded in February 2005, didn’t actually hit the maps until 2006. On May 21, 2011 YouTube’s daily views hit over three billon per day. Now, in 2015, it is estimated to be over seven billion views a day. In terms of websites with the most hits per day, YouTube ranks second, just behind Google and one- step ahead of third-place contender Facebook. The three YouTube channels with the most subscribers are “Smosh,” in third place, which specializes in comedy and has over 19 million subscribers. In second place is “HolaSoyGerman,” which features lots of random uploads and viewer questions, and has 21 million subscribers. The channel with the most subscribers? “PewDiePie,” which features mostly video games, and has over 35 million subscribers. Only those with a YouTube account can subscribe to their favorite channels, but you don’t need an account to watch YouTube videos, which is what most people do. Something that makes YouTube special is its diversity. YouTube tries to categorize all of its content into eight basic categories: Popular on YouTube, Music, Sports, Gaming, Education, News, Live and Spotlight. Here, in no special order, are some YouTube videos I think you should check out. Popular on YouTube: One of the funniest videos circulating right now is Will Ferrell’s appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Search for it under the title “Will Ferrell is Little Debbie.” It is pretty funny. You’ll probably laugh out loud a few times, so it’s probably best to not watch it while you’re in a quiet iSpartan room. Music: Maroon 5’s new video for their smash hit “Sugar” is a really cute video, featuring the guys of Maroon 5 racing across the city of Los Angeles to crash a bunch of weddings and perform for unsuspecting brides and grooms. It’s heartwarming and energizing all at the same time. Photo: NBC | The Tonight Show Photo: news.instyle.com
  12. 12. Garden Spot Faculty New teacher: Ms. Chvotzkin, math department Caitlin Nelson | Staff Reporter This year, Garden Spot has a new math teacher: Katherine Chvotzkin. Ms. Chvotzkin earned a Bachelor of Science in culinary arts from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and her teaching degree from King University. Before becoming a teacher she was a restaurant manager and many of her staff were high school students. Whenever they would come into work she would ask them what they had learned that day at school. Their usual response was “nothing,” but when the students did have homework she was always eager to help them. After going back to college to become a math teacher, Chvotzkin soon got a job here at Garden Spot. At first she was scared about moving to a new place where she didn’t know anyone, but it wasn’t long until she made friends. “The people here are ridiculously nice,” she says. By her own admission, Chvotzkin has always had an interest in math, saying “it’s like a puzzle,” and that she loves trying to figure out how to put the pieces together. She understands that not all students are going to love math as much as she does, but she hopes that her students will not dread coming to her class every day. Photo: digitwhiz.com Ms. Chvotzkin (center) with students in her fourth block class. Photo: Lindsey Mann