Category Archives: People

Mixed Race Couples in Media

I am a proudly mixed race kid. There are more than two cultures circulating around my home, too. I’m fairly racially ambiguous. What you’d expect. But mixed race families come in all shapes and sizes. The few mixed race families shown in TV are pretty generic. A black man, and a white woman with a few beautifully uniform children with big blue eyes and skin JUST dark enough to not be a white person. But that’s not representative of most mixed race families. At all.

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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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The Death of the Weekend

When one stops to think about it, the weekend is a fairly recent invention. The Sabbath and Shabbat has been going on for centuries, but the idea of two days off is fairly new. Therefore, I am sad to announce that those two days to which we all look forward are being killed, shrunken into oblivion, by productivity, aka homework. Continue reading The Death of the Weekend

Dear Evan Hansen: A Musical in the Age Of Cyberbullying and Suicide

For years, people have looked to media and pop culture, including musicals to help them feel less alone and deal with their problems. From Oklahoma! to Hamilton here comes another blockbuster pushing the limits of what musicals can be: Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen is nominated for 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical. Read more to find out why.

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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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6th Grade: The Bottom of the Food Chain

The 6th graders, the nasty little pests, the little annoying brats, they are the bottom. The scum at the bottom of the Middle School Melting Pot. Whatever you call them, they are universally hated by all but their very own. But why? Why are 6th grades hated so much? Their height? Their pubescent voices? Just what is it that makes them so annoying? And should older students respect, instead of bully, the little twerps?

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Dances in the Middle School

The middle school dances always seem to be a source of stress in the time surrounding them. This is usually due to the gossip that follows, however, the dances can also be really fun. This depends on what you choose to do during the dance.  This can entail asking someone to the dance, sitting downstairs and watching the movie (this time around it was the Bee Movie), talking to your friends (from experience I can tell that this is mostly shouting, unless you are outside), or just dancing and hanging out. Continue reading Dances in the Middle School

Sorting GFS Teachers into Harry Potter Houses

Any Harry Potter fan would know that there are four different Hogwarts houses, which new students are sorted into among arrival. These houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Each of these houses have their own unique traits and skills. So we decided to sort some of our teachers into these houses, if they didn’t already know.

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Hamilton: A Revolutionary Musical

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the musical that always seems to be stuck in our heads. If you are living under a rock, and don’t know what it is about, the hip-hop musical, sung through rap, tells the story of the life of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. When, explaining it to people, they might have their doubts, but most likely, people will see what the hype is about when they give it a listen, just you wait.

Note: Spoilers are ahead. Proceed at your own risk. (However, it is American History, and possibly over 200 years old).

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La La Land Review

Is La La Land worth it? With 6 Academy Award wins, many would argue it is. A somewhat fantastical musical with two of Hollywood’s foremost actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. A film which has grossed over $125 million so far. However, some hate it. They complain about the fact that they found the movie boring for the first hour, how Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s voices are horrible, and how the ending was crushing. So how good was La La Land really?

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