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8th Grade-itis

Starting in late April and early June, the students of GFS often see seniors lounging around. There is senior day, where the senior girls walk around in bikinis and the boys walk around in swim trunks. They have slip and slides and sometimes attempt to play beach volleyball (even though there is no beach). Around June, the 8th graders experience similar feelings to what the seniors are going through. 8th grade-itis.

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Nintendo Switch Review

I was standing outside a Target on Monument Blvd. at 7:30 in the morning when it was 14° outside in the hopes that somehow I would be able to get a Switch, which was released on March 3, 2017, and 1 of the 4 games released with it.  My hard work was rewarded with a surprisingly light, small, red box and one of about 20 copies of the latest Legend of Zelda game: Breath of the Wild. As soon as I got back from the store, I plugged in and set up the tablet with two controllers hooked into the side.  Once I was done setting it up, I began to started up the $59.99 game I bought with it and began to play. Continue reading Nintendo Switch Review

A First Person Account of the Writers’ Assembly

The Writers’ Assembly is an annual event that happens at GFS. Students from 6th through 12th grade are allowed to submit short stories, poems, or essays. The best 20 or so articles are selected, and those people are called up to read their piece in front of the entire Middle and Upper Schools. 

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Teenager Dies from Excessive Caffeine

On April 26, 2017, Davis Allen Crepe collapsed from consuming a Diet Mountain Dew, a latte, and an energy drink all in a time span of 2 hours.  All of this caffeine, combined induced arrhythmia (improper beating of the heart) led to him suffering a cardiac arrest (unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness.)

Is caffeine consumption a problem at GFS?

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Finals: How Much Prep is Too Much Prep?

Finals. The last obstacle before we can leap into the summer. These famously tricky exams are possibly the most stressful part of the year, maybe even more so than midterms. Some teachers spend weeks preparing their students, while others barely mention them until two days beforehand. The students are quite similar. Some take up hours a day studying, and some study barely fifteen minutes in total. The question is: How much prep is too much prep? Continue reading Finals: How Much Prep is Too Much Prep?

Grab Your Wallet

A recent campaign to get people to boycott companies selling Trump products seems to have had more success than many other movements. Due to the fact that the president has refused to officially divest from his companies and has left them in the control of his adult children, many argue that he continues to control these companies indirectly. “Grab Your Wallet” is a campaign which asks for people to boycott Trump owned companies and retailers selling Trump products such as Amazon and Zappos.  Thus far they have gotten Uber’s CEO to leave the president’s economic board and the following stores to stop selling or profit off of Trump products: Shoes.com, Bellacor, Wayfair, Zulily, Ruelala, Kawasaki USA, Uber, Neiman Marcus, The Honest Company, Tyra Beauty, Jet, Carnival Corporation, Nordstrom, Gilt, Kmart, Sears,  Shopstyle, Lorissa’s Kitchen, LA Clippers and QVC.  

The movement was started by two women named Sue Atencio and Shannon Coulter. They hadn’t been previously involved in anything political, but decided that something needed to be done about the President’s control over his companies. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s spokeswoman endorsed Ivanka Trump’s shoe line on Fox News, violating federal ethics laws.  

While this has been successful, Trump supporters have been boycotting companies that have stopped selling Trump items due to the ban.  This has been met with almost no reaction by everyone in the movement.  

So far this is has been a  productive campaign that will have more success in the future.

Switching from the Wii U

Nintendo has always had a legacy of making great consoles (not counting the Virtual Boy). The Nintendo Entertainment System resurrected gaming, the Nintendo 64 revolutionized 3D gameplay, and the Nintendo Wii perfected motion controls. As Nintendo has a history of incredible consoles, it causes hype every time they announce a new console, and never has that been more true than with the Nintendo Switch.

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Does GFS Embody the Quaker Spirit?

Most of you are probably nodding your heads, and saying, “Of course it does.” Because sure, we learn about quakerism, have meeting for worship, and partake in numerous moments of silence, but does that really make us a perfect Quaker school? Some people think that students’ words and actions make us un-quakerly, but others strongly disagree.

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Hidden Figures Tops The Box Office

Hidden Figures, a film based off of the black mathematicians responsible for sending an American man into space topped the box office this past week. This movie was based off of a book with the same name. The film follows the life of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), and her two friends Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer).The three women are “computers”, part of the colored women’s math department.

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Mattel: Stereotyping Children Since 1945

Somewhere, sometime in your life, you have probably seen a Barbie doll, American Girl doll or book, or Hot Wheels car. Although you may not know it, all of these seemingly different companies are run by one superstar: Mattel.

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The Farm Show, 2017 Edition

On Friday, January 13th, 2017, the Germantown Friends School 6th Grade visited the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA. Below is a list of the best things to do, see, and eat at the Farm Show. The 2017 Farm Show has (sadly) ended already, and won’t be returning for another 11 months.

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