Monthly Archives: November 2013

Caught in the EL Spotlight: The Bet

Mrs. Whiting dressed as Steve Urkel on Tuesday, Nov. 26, after losing a bet to a student.

Mrs. Whiting dressed as Steve Urkel on Tuesday, Nov. 26, after losing a bet to a student. – Photo by Ashley Bowden

Teacher Sandy Whiting made a bet with junior Pablo Reyes-Meija for the Pats vs Broncos game. If the Broncos won, Reyes-Meija would have to dress up in formal clothing, but if the Pats won Whiting would have to dress as Steve Urkel. As you can see, Whiting sadly lost the bet.

The One Direction Boys Have Done it Again!

One Direction released their latest album, Midnight Memories, yesterday.

One Direction released their latest album, Midnight Memories, yesterday.

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Parents cover your ears and lock your doors, Directioners across the world are going wild with the release of One Direction’s third album “Midnight Memories.” Monday, November 25 was a day millions across the world have waited for and I have to say, the boys delivered.

No one would have expected these young teenage boys, who formed back in July of 2010 on X Factor UK, to top the billboard charts and accomplish as much as they have. The British-Irish boy band consists of Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik.

The band has accomplished and made their mark ever since the day they were formed. They have received two BRIT awards, the first for their debut song “What Makes You Beautiful” back in 2011 only shortly after being signed and releasing the single. They also won a New Musical Express (NME) award, two Kid’s Choice awards, four MTV Video Music awards, all nine awards they were nominated for at the 2012 Teen Choice awards, and both awards they were nominated for at the American Music Awards.

EL Poets Slam After School

Junior Jake Bazinet won the second annual Edward Little Poetry Slam with his poem "The Common Closet."

Junior Jake Bazinet won the second annual Edward Little Poetry Slam with his poem “The Common Closet.”

The second annual EL Poetry Slam was held yesterday in the library, organized by Mrs. Gleason. Students in her Oral Interpretation class as well as poets from around the school presented original works. Thirty- six students signed up to perform, so many that the event didn’t end until 4 p.m. The winner was junior Jake Bazinet. A full article on the event will run next week.

 

Pregnant at 15: One EL Teen’s Pregnancy Story

Despite declining rates, teen pregnancy is still leaving many young girls facing difficult decisions.

Despite declining rates, teen pregnancy is still leaving many young girls facing difficult decisions.

By Rahma Ali, ’15

Although the national teen pregnancy rate has been continuously declining over the past two decades to a historic all time low, teen pregnancies are still occurring. Edward Little student Autumn Edwards is one of those stories.

Edwards, a 15-year-old freshman honor student who is 6 months pregnant, watched her whole life dramatically change after she found out she was pregnant. Family, friends, teachers, everyone she knew started to treat her differently, she said. “It sucks how everyone starts to treat you like another human when you’re still just the same person you were before,” said Edwards.

Community Service: A Benefit or a Detriment?

By Bryan Koester, ’14

In our day and age, high school diplomas are becoming harder to obtain, with new requirements almost every year. It seems like the reason for this is to create a better, well rounded and more sophisticated student. The latest addition: community service, which has been spreading across the country over the past two decades.

Catching Fire Catches Audience Attention

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Perfect. That one word sums up “Catching Fire,” the second installment in “The Hunger Games” series. The excitement for this film has been building up since the release of the first movie and they gave us exactly what we wanted, more. The actors and actresses did a phenomenal job capturing the personalities of their characters and bring the book to life, which was what I was happiest about. This movie captured the book better than the first film did. It got in those small details and it was exactly what I pictured when reading the book.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) reprise their roles in the second installment in The Hunger Games series.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) reprise their roles in the second installment in The Hunger Games series.

 did an amazing job presenting the love growing between the two. All the emotions the book wanted you to feel, this movie just puts them over the top.

A Town Called Urine

"Urinetown" wowed our reviewer with spectacular musical numbers and great technical work.

“Urinetown” wowed our reviewer with spectacular musical numbers and great technical work.

By Alex Lally, ’14

It’s hard to think of the idea to pay to use the bathroom. “Urinetown,” written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, takes that idea to an extreme satirical way. This adaptation was put on this past weekend by the Edward Little High School Drama Club and starred students Patrick Buzza, Paige Webber, Ally LaVerdiere, Matt Taylor, Liam Webster, Owen Kane, Jonathan Guy, Tynan Collins, and more.

“Urinetown” follows the story of an unnamed town in a dystopian future where the town’s water supply is very limited and people have to pay to use the bathroom to preserve nice, clean water. It’s just an ordinary day at Public Amenity #9 and naive janitor Bobby Strong (Buzza) is just doing his job. However, on this day Bobby’s dad, Old Man Strong, decides to rebel and pee on the streets. Pennywise (LaVerdiere), calls in officers Lockstock & Barrel (Taylor & Webster) to take Old Man Strong to Urinetown. Bobby is enraged by this and starts to question the right to pee. Bobby meets a girl named Hope (Weber) who shows him to follow his heart and Bobby decides to rebel against Urine Good Company.

Red Eddies Take the Lead to Fight Hunger

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

America is a land of plenty, but for many, hunger is a scary reality. One in six people in the United States face hunger every day. Hunger is a problem that everybody may face in their lifetime. Many may know somebody that faces food insecurity, or will sometime in the future.

As reported previously, Edward Little High School has recently founded a food pantry which is open to people in our community and for kids at the school. In all honesty, this is probably one of the best things Edward Little has done in a long time. It’s not just helping out teenagers at the school, but also their families and anyone else who is struggling to put a meal on the table for their families.

Fear and Loathing of an Auburn Education: Senior Portfolios

By Alex Lally, ’14

Imagine yourself as a senior and it’s the end of the year. You’ve obtained all 24 class credits, your 24 hours of community service are done, and you got to make out with your significant other at prom. Oh yes, life is good and you’re home-free for graduation. However, there’s one insignificant thing blocking your way: your senior portfolio. All of a sudden, that happy feeling is replaced with anger because you just don’t want to do this thing.

PeopleOfEL: Get to Know the Real Red Eddies

By Vada Ritchie, ’15

PeopleOfEL, the Twitter account, records and mocks the funny, silly and just plain stupid things EL students say.

PeopleOfEL, the Twitter account, records and mocks the funny, silly and just plain stupid things EL students say.

PeopleOfEL, the Twitter account, has become a Twitter phenomenon for students at Edward Little High School and even some kids from other schools, including students from Lewiston High School and Auburn Middle School. PeopleOfEL is a Twitter account where a few students from Edward Little post what people say and do around the school.

“‘World War II started in 9/11, right?'”

“‘You’ve never smelled butterfly wings? They smell like Cheetos!'”

That is just a couple of the many tweets from PeopleOfEL.

“I think we just wanted to publicly share how weird our school was and make people laugh,” one submitter said. “I really like people playing the game of ‘Who Is PeopleOfEL?’ [Students] get so into it. Personally, I didn’t think we would get so many followers.”