Category Archives: Opinions

Talking About Money with Strangers

There are lots of examples of disparity in the world, but the one that is most obvious to me is the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, especially near my school. Germantown Friends School is located in Germantown, where the average household makes less than the yearly tuition to go to GFS. I really started to understand this extreme separation one afternoon while I was waiting to get on the bus. I was at the bus stop blocks away from my school, when a group of three girls walked across the street. I was minding my own business when I heard the tallest one say, “Hey you! How are you doing?”

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Podcast: Friend Groups at GFS?

Are there friend groups at GFS? Reporters Jasper M. and Joshua M. reached out to the GFS community and asked questions like “do you think there are friend groups at GFS?” and “How many friend groups do you think there are?” We got many different answers. Hope you enjoy!

Fortnite vs. PUBG | Which One is Better?

As most people know, there have been huge games that have come out since summer 2017. There are games that aren’t based on anything like Destiny and Destiny 2, then there are games that are based on real-life moments or movies, like Star Wars Battlefront 2. Out of all of these major games, two smaller games which have been around for years which snuck through the bigger games. Those games are Fortnite and PUBG. Continue reading Fortnite vs. PUBG | Which One is Better?

School All Year Long

There are some days when the only thing that crosses your mind is summer. The teacher is talking about a new subject and you’re tapping your pencil mindlessly. The thought of swimming with your friends, playing baseball outside or reading a book in a hammock is all you can think of. No matter what time of year it is, this feeling comes to every middle student across the United States, but more and more schools are having year-round school.

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl LI

Every February, American television is taken over by the Super Bowl frenzy. Some people get swept up by the game: they criticize the referees, yell at the tv, and go crazy when their team scores a touchdown.  I interviewed Middle Schoolers and asked them, “Did you enjoy the game, or not?”
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“Dismissed” Movie Synopsis

The long awaited return of the Sprouse twins(well…one of them) has come, with the recent Netflix thriller Dismissed starring Dylan Sprouse. The movie is about new student Lucas Ward (Dylan Sprouse) who gets a B+ on an assignment from his english teacher Mr. Butler (Kent Osborne). Continue reading “Dismissed” Movie Synopsis

The Truth Behind Fairy Tales

By Helena F.

Everything about a fairy tale seems magical and perfect. The birds are always singing a  “song” or the girl falls in love with a prince and they live happily ever after. Or the girl gets married and rides off in a silver carriage into the sunset with her prince charming. Although, are fairy tales as innocent as they seem? Or are they much more gruesome than anyone could ever imagine?

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Are You From Nothing, Arizona? Funniest Names of Cities in the U.S.

Do you live in Nothing, Arizona? You probably think it’s a joke, but at one point people lived there. There are over 50 completely absurd names of cities and towns in the United States of America, and even more overseas. Some were just odd, some not funny enough to make the cut, and I wasn’t allowed to put a few names on the list because they were… a little too off color (not in my mind, but the advisors’ minds).  I pulled out fifteen or sixteen town names and knocked it down to the ten that made the list following.  Here they are…

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Cafeteria Food: Yah or nah

By: Maddie Daniel and Luke Lendler

“Cafeteria food is pretty overpriced,” said every student at GFS. Middle School students have many thoughts on the cafeteria, such as the long lines, the expensive food and the good sushi always being gone. Middle Schoolers agree that it could use some improvements.

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Editorial: Does Middle School Matter in Life?

Being a student in middle school, it can be difficult to grasp the fact that high school seems right around the corner. Many middle schoolers ask, “does what we do in middle school affect our high school and college experience?”—and in the bigger picture, our life?

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Middle School Dances=Tribal Warfare?

By: Dean D.

Every trimester, the adults make our lives more horrible, by making cups of chips, throwing together some candy, hiring a DJ, and rearranging the Smith Gym. What fun. Of course, our adolescent brains turn this into a total storm of gossip. If you are seen within three feet of someone from the other gender, the chance of you hearing the end of it is as much as the chance of a gopher ruling the world with an army of stormtroopers and star destroyers. Continue reading Middle School Dances=Tribal Warfare?