By: Parker Stringer/Opinion Editor
One of the most fascinating things about art is that it comes in many different forms, whether that includes photography, painting, sculptures, and drawings. While it may come in many forms it is the artists that make their ideas and visions become reality. Corner Canyon’s creative art students have always proved that they can make something more than today’s art. One of their new pieces of art is a mural. The mural is a colorful piece that maybe represents the difference in the students that attend this school or maybe it is something entirely different that is up to you to decide for that is the purpose for art. The artwork looks to have taken hours upon hours of delicate work to make it look as smooth and complete as possible. As the mural is almost finished and will be revealed in the next few weeks let’s look at the amazing and hardworking process of making a mural.
You are probably asking yourself what in the world is a mural? According to Dictionary.com, a mural is a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling. or a greatly enlarged photograph attached directly to a wall. Like any drawing, you must start with an idea and a rough draft just like your English teacher taught you. After you have your idea in mind it is time to take your idea to the next level the canvas or in this case your wall. Using whatever paint you might need to apply a background color to your wall and let that dry before adding more paint to the middle or foreground. For aesthetic purposes, Martha Stewart on her website http://www.marthastewart.com recommends using some chalk. Using the chalk can provide an interesting look and texture to your mural and depending on the subject add perspective to your artwork.
Now with the finished artwork, you can now brag to your friends about your glorious skills as an artist. Since you now know the making of a mural you can see the hard work that students at Corner Canyon High School that makes these pieces of art do to make the walls of our school more vibrant than other schools. You can support these artists by checking out their art in the commons area every week or so they have new art to show and for you to enjoy.
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By Brett Francis / Home Editor
Let’s all just be honest with ourselves for a minute. High school is miserable. I mean this in every sense of the word, and not just for students but for teachers too. It’s a tumultuous, confusing, stressful, and frustrating time filled with constant pressures, deadlines, and ridiculous hurdles and expectations where our very worth as human beings and all our future opportunities are determined by simple letters on a piece of paper. Each and every day we wake up at an inhumanly early hour before the sun itself has even stirred just to drag ourselves back to the same old building where we receive a new set of time-consuming tasks and assignments to fill up the long hours of the day. By the time we have any freedom at all, we have to get to sleep again if we want to function at all in the next tedious, boring day.
There is nothing gratifying or fulfilling or even enriching about the drawn-out physiological and emotional torture we call “education.” We make endless compromises and sacrifices in order to continue this long process to earn “opportunities” in life, and are expected to do so at a time when our very bodies are overloaded with hormones and almost wholly incapable of emotional or mental stability. Every last misery is justified in the excuse that our “adult lives” are going to be three times as stressful and dissatisfying and high-stakes as our teenage ones, which only disincentivizes the work and effort even more. Yet still we’re led to believe that somehow all this torment in our finite, fragile youth is going to eventually pay off decades from now when we’re old enough to realize we wasted our time.
I’m not saying education is bad. Far from it. I am, however, saying that high school can hardly be considered “education” at all. Most students hardly learn anything from the vast majority of their classes; instead, we’re taught the temporary value of “studying” in order to remember facts that will be long gone from our minds after the unit final. Of course, this is not universally true, and there are many cases in which classes are meaningful and students retain information and skills they learn for a long time after. But all that is deviously overshadowed by the pressure and stress of retaining a good grade in order to avoid the inevitable parental and long-term punishment that will be served from getting a C+ rather than an A.
High school is a nightmare for most teachers, too. As though dealing with dozens upon dozens of emotionally wayward and incompetent teenagers each and every day wasn’t enough, the effort put into trying to lead a meaningful curriculum and micro-manage each student’s needs and grades makes teaching just as much of a nightmare as learning. No teacher wants to sit around grading a billion assignments every day, worrying about the GPA and test averages of their classes so they won’t end up fired. And when a student doesn’t do well on an assignment or test due to their own laziness and their grade goes down, it’s the teacher who is blamed for not teaching the student well enough or giving them a bad grade.
No part of this can even remotely be considered a “meaningful and enriching education.” High school is little more than a cleverly disguised training facility for the competition-oriented slaves of American corporate capitalism. We’re taught philosophies like “semper excelsius” because we’re expected to be competitive and successful, and anything less will supposedly make our adult lives more miserable than they’re going to be anyway. We need to change this. High school is not supposed to be prison, and teachers and students aren’t just tools. True education is exciting, engaging, and fully oriented to each person’s learning pace. Our education needs to actually be about learning, and about enriching the lives of teenagers so that their futures may be meaningful and happy, not cramming as many little things into as small a time space as possible so that each generation will be more overloaded with work and stress than the last. We need to focus not on achievement, but on understanding and the emotional well-being of teens. Only then will we really be able to say that high school does any good for anyone in this world.
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By Caden Collier/ Science and Techie Editor
On Friday 23rd, 2017 CCHS had a Hogwarts style Spirit Bowl. Spirit Bowls are solely purposed to create unity and entertainment. The bowl was run by Student Body Officers, and was displayed before the entire school. There were games, videos, and a cheerful audience. Everything in the Charger Arena was decorated to fill the hogwarts feel (as seen in the photos above). Candles hanging from above, Student Body Officers dressed like wizards and witches, all captured the feel. The activities themselves were themed as well. There was snake racing, potion drinking, and even quidditch!
However there was a pretty big conflict with Seniors winning each and every activity. Many were upset that they just gave the Seniors the win just because their Seniors, and not because they legitimately won. It eradicates the will for other groups of ages to compete, because the outcome is biased.
On another note, the performance was enjoyable either way. Watching people from ages 14-18 sliding, drinking disgusting beverages, and running around is great entertainment. The SBO (Student Body Officers) obviously tried to add humour to their assembly by throwing in a teacher modern-day slang quiz, which had plenty of the audience cracking up.
Each activity was unique, simple, and exciting. The “Snake Race” was about one student from each grade get into a sleeping bag, and squirm, roll, or slither his way to the other side of the court. In “Potion Drinking”, two students from each grade having to drink a cup of disgusting liquid made up of spam, chocolate syrup, and other strange edibles.
After that, there was “Quidditch”, which was like a tournament. Including three hoops each team, and a random number of dodgeballs. The golden snitch, however, decided who won the game. Unfortunately for the entire activity, the guy responsible for entering the golden snitch into the game, just threw it to the Seniors, so the Seniors won every time. It ruined the activity for me, and so many others that I talk to.