By Rainbow Browning

Holding a grudge only hurts yourself. Studies show that bitter people and non-caring people are more likely to have high blood pressure and could die from a heart disease rather than more forgiving people. C-protein is very important and has caused heart diseases and strokes. When we have negative feelings and we hold on to them for an extended amount of time it releases more C-protein into the bloodstream increasing the likelihood of heart disease. Also, those feelings of resentment might cause someone to go into a state of depression or anxiety.

Holding a grudge only hurts yourself.

Holding a grudge is holding you back from healing and getting over whatever is hurting you, the healing process is one of the most important processes when experimenting with something that gives you the negative feelings you’re holding on to. Letting go of a grudge or just a bad feeling, in general, relieves a lot of stress and discomfort that you are holding on to. It might seem like holding someone to what they’ve done in the past and how you feel about it is what you’re supposed to do or you need to but is it worth putting yourself at stress? Holding a grudge means you’re living with anger constantly, even if it’s at the bottom of the surface.

Some people hold grudges for years, even things from childhood memory, others can let go of them after a healthy amount of time to process the feelings they are having. Holding a grudge is a very human and a common thing but it can be unhealthy in the long-term. A grudge takes on its own life so once you have a grudge it’s pretty hard to let go. Holding onto a grudge causes a feeling of anger or discomfort so trying to resolve the problem isn’t as easy as it sounds. Luckily, letting go of a grudge doesn’t mean you have to resolve the problem.

The best way to let go of a grudge is to take responsibility for your feelings. Learning to forgive might not be easy but taking responsibility is something that should come naturally if you honestly want to let go of something. Taking on this responsibility isn’t only going to help let go of this grudge, it will also relieve this anger, stress, and discomfort you might be feeling. Next time you find yourself holding a grudge just relax and choose your happiness over negative feelings.

To All the Boys: P.S. It’s a Sequel

As most of you may know, the sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” came out on Netflix. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020. In this movie, we find out what happens to Lara Jean and Peter after all of her love letters are out and they are officially together.

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020.

Overall, I thought that the movie was really good but also very cheesy. The things that happened in their relationship are almost 100% never going to happen. They are a cute couple and were good together. However, they were a  little cringy at times. I personally think that the first movie was better. Natalie Cates says, “I think the first one was better because it wasn’t so predictable.” The movie indeed followed a very original storyline while the first one was something new and fun that a lot of people haven’t seen before. So, if you do not like cheesy romantic movies, this is probably not the movie for you. However, if you do, I would definitely recommend watching it. 

In my opinion, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is a good movie. I would suggest watching it if you like love stories. But, if not, Netflix has many other Netflix Originals to choose from.

Danger Zone: Sports Edition

By Natalie Cates

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries,  500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. Some may not know how dangerous high school sports are and how the student-athletes get injured more than we know. 

During the RHS Lady Panthers and the Butler county Lady Bears game, on February 18, 2020, freshman Jordin Morris got a concussion. One of the players on the butler team was going to shoot a layup, Jordin was in front of her with hands up and she was elbowed in her temple. Jordin explained how everything started to get blurry to the point where she couldn’t see.

Another injury that happened this school year was during the volleyball season. During this game one of the players was practicing serving against the wall, the ball game back and hit freshman Jaecie Kimbrough in the pinky. This caused her pinky to get badly jammed, and the next day in practice she fell on it and broke it. This caused Jaecie to be out most of the volleyball season and it causes her pain here and there. 

All in all, high school sports can be very dangerous and we need to be careful and realize the consequences that could come out of it. 

Milk And Honey Book Review

By Destiny Powell

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. Kaur does not subscribe to the belief that poetry must be difficult to be meaningful, championing a direct and inclusive register that unites her personal experiences with the reader. Combining a first-person perspective with the repeated second person pronoun ‘you’, Kaur further bridges the gap between her poetry and her audience. She forges a link that causes the reader to imagine themselves not only as an author but as a muse. Pointing beyond the page at ‘you’, Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences, memories, and subjects with her audience.

The book is split into four parts: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking” and “the healing.” Each chapter focuses on an individual theme, dealing with a type of pain and growing from that experience.

The first chapter, “the hurting,” portrays events of sexual assault and rape. In these poems, a narrative begins to emerge: The speaker, like so many women before her, has been abused by her father, her uncle and various men in her life. “The hurting” primarily focuses on the speaker’s experiences of abuse, offering insights and confessions as she reflects on the repercussions. The speaker recognizes that many other women in her family have been subjected to similar experiences and are taught to be subservient to men.

The second chapter, “the loving,” is a shift in the novel which focuses on the speaker’s adult relationships with men. The opinion she has of herself and her body is irrevocably shaped by her father’s actions and words.
This new loving relationship has a profound effect on the speaker. She associates it with safety, taking comfort in the sound of his voice and the touch of his hands on her skin.

Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences,

“The breaking” is the third and longest chapter of the collection. It recounts the breakup with her boyfriend, who was mentioned in the previous chapter. Following this, Kaur focuses on the generality of relationships with men.

The collection ends on a more positive note, as the final chapter is titled “the healing.” A majority of the poems in this section consist of aphorisms statements of general truths. The aphorisms help the speaker to heal from the grief and trauma that was inflicted on her. The speaker realizes that healing is a process and can only be achieved when she looks within herself for the answers.

Kaur’s poetry is written with such truth and emotion. The book teaches you that life is filled with terrible and heartbreaking moments, but within those moments you can find great things. There is so much meaning and emotion behind every word.

As Kaur stated: “‘Milk and Honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

The Importance of Literacy

By Erica Sells

Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level.

Literacy used to be a luxury and highly valued by many, but now, it seems to be a skill that is merely glanced at. So many high school students allow their English grades to drop. Yes, some students have a condition that hinders their ability to read and understand pieces of text, but many students are perfectly capable of this; they just don’t put in the effort. They disregard the impact that illiteracy will have on their future. Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level. These 20% most likely going to get jobs that pay above a lower-class wage. But! You can keep yourself from being in this 20% by using the many resources we have at RHS. There’s the book vending machine that was installed earlier this year, paid for by the Literacy Grant. We also have the library, which is offering to order books that students request. And, of course, the teachers and faculty are always available to help. As you can see, there is no shortage of support at your side.

Artist Spotlight: Kylie LaPack

By Zy Amos

There are many talented people in RHS and one of those talents for many people is art. One student that has art as talent is Kylie LaPack.

LaPack’s work can be seen in the hallways of RHS and often sparks conversation.

Art is not for everyone people might think that doing something like art can be hard but for Kylie it’s easy. She made many cool and amazing artworks created overtime either on her own time or during school, whether it’s painting, drawing, or any other art forms such as markers and coloring pencils. She’s great at quick sketches which are very detailed. What inspired her to draw?

People do many things to express themselves and what they believe in throughout their daily lives either in school, during their work lives, or even at home. The same applies to Kylie. She’s been expressing herself and beliefs for her entire life with art. So, if you ever see her doodle in class or one of her pieces out in the hallway on the board near the art room, you should take a second to admire the hard work and time she put into making them.

Date Night Suggestions

By Gracie Belew

Simple date night suggestions from Gracie Belew.

“Date night” can be a stressful day of the week or month especially if you’re in a relationship.  Lots of couples go on cliche dates and buy each other the basic gifts such as chocolate and flowers. This year if you want to do different things with your friends or significant other, here are some ideas.

Not everyone has a partner, but you can still have fun! You can stay in and have a sleepover, go bowling, and surprise your friends with gifts. You and your friends can celebrate by having a sleepover and baking or watching romantic movies. You could go bowling in Bowling Green, get it?  Bowling is a fun way to spend time with your friends and get out of the house at the same time. If you do not have a partner and still want to surprise someone, you can get gifts for your friends. Some gifts for your friends could be chocolate or their favorite candy. Don’t forget the S in girlfriend(s).

If you are celebrating a date night with your sweetheart, you could stay in or go on a fun date. Some date ideas would be going out to eat, watching a movie, or you could go to the homecoming dance! Going out to eat can be romantic and just an overall good way to spend time together. If you are going for more of a romantic date, some restaurants you could go to Rafferty’s or Ariella’s. Going out to watch a movie could also be romantic. If you are looking for a good movie to watch on Netflix, you can try the new movie To all the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You!  Also, just because it’s date night doesn’t mean that you have to watch a romantic movie. Not all dates have to be super romantic, do what you think is fun.

Lara Jean: She Still Loves Them?

By Ashlynne Dowlen

If you’re interested in movies with Teen Drama, and Romance you should consider watching, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Susan Johnson. This is a good movie to watch with your friends, it’s very romantic and sweet. In this movie, a girl named Lara Jean wrote five love letters to her crushes: the crushes are Peter the most popular guy in her school, Kenny from camp,

Lara Jean with one of the many boys she loved before.

Lucas from homecoming, John Ambrose who is from Model UN, and Josh her sister’s boyfriend. Lara Jean kept her letters in a box hidden in her closet and she never sent them out. One day when they somehow got out it changed her life and she was embarrassed about it. After her letters got out Peter was going to tell her that it was never going to happen, at first she was confused and didn’t realize what he was talking about. She kissed Peter to avoid someone else who received a letter.  Lara Jean is lying to everyone in her life but she seems like she is really happy. If you like this movie then you should watch “ To All The Boys PS: I Still Love You” by Micheal Fimognari. It released on February 12th, 2020. Some other good movies that are similar to this one are the perfect date, the kissing booth, and the last summer. 

We Have Risen: A Black History Month Tribute

By Erica Sells

From our ancestor’s brothers and sisters
From across the Atlantic
From the ships filled with sickness
From the fields of torment
From the chains segregation
From the financial struggle

We rose
Rose from pain
Rose from discrimination
We are still rising
Rising from hardship
Rising from the scraps of the past

Oh! Liberation!
How sweet it tastes
Now we forever savor it
An everlasting flavor
It brightens the soul
Like a lighthouse over the sea

Make Studying Less Stressful

By Destiny Powell

Studying for exams can be very stressful. Organization and planning will help you to actively study for your courses. When studying for a test, organize your materials first and then begin your active review by topic.

When studying don’t try to multitask because when you take steps to focus solely on the topic you are studying. It will give you a high-intensity of focus. You can spend an hour studying rather than 3 hours. You will accomplish more when you aren’t distracted.

Focus solely on the topic you are studying.

Highly successful students have generally learned to avoid multitasking. Instead of spending a lot of time doing low-intensity work with numerous distractions, these students work for shorter periods at a higher intensity, without any distractions from email, social media, etc. Their studying is more effective and leads to greater achievement gains.

A way to make studying easier is to space out study sessions, focusing on a topic for a short period on different days has been shown to improve comprehension more than massed practice. 

Self-quizzing is an excellent study strategy in preparing for an exam. Self-quizzing is more effective than rereading. You should incorporate these quizzes into their study sessions, answering every question, even those you believe you know well. 

Self-quizzing is an excellent study strategy in preparing for an exam.

Another effective method of studying is to work on a set of problems that are related but not all of the same kind. For example, a set of math problems that call for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The consecutive problems cannot be solved with the same strategy. This is more effective than doing one multiplication problem after another.

Paraphrasing and reflecting is a good way to study for an exam. Many people read a few paragraphs in a textbook only to realize that we didn’t retain a single concept or key point presented in those paragraphs. To retain the information use intentional learning strategies. These include relating what is being learned to prior knowledge or personal experiences, thinking about how they would explain the content to a 5-year-old, and reflecting on and asking questions about the content.