POTTERY, UNCHAINED by Julia Garcia & Amber Poer

200 students submitted to the SW Washington art show; only twelve went to the state competition. Leila Stutesman was among them. She has two pottery pieces; required by the show she puts them up for sale, Taking pride in them she comments that “she’s greedy about her pots” because she would rather keep them than sell them.

Leila started pottery her sophomore year and couldn’t get enough and has taken six other pottery classes since. She plans to continue at Clark next year; although, making a career out of pottery is not Leila’s idea of a future job. She does it for fun and her enjoyment of the beautiful pieces she creates. “It makes me feel like I can express myself fully through pottery.”

Not only is she passionate about pottery but also bowling and softball thanks to her father; Ron Stutesman, who has been her mentor and coach ever since she was 7 years old playing T-ball for Evergreen Little League. Read more

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC by Jeremy Hess and Amber Poer

String the beats together. Buildup. Drop the bass.

And there you have: dubstep.

The popularity of dubstep has exploded in recent years, and some have taking to making their own beats at home.

Andrew Dietz, a student at Heritage High specializes in electronic dance music and some of the many forms of dubstep.

He used to be really into heavy metal and rock music, until his cousin showed him some dubstep. And then he was hooked.
He started mixing about two and half years ago.

“It puts me in that feeling that, you know, nobody can bother me, my worries are gone,” Dietz says. “Music really is my passion because I have been interested in music basically my whole life and it’s just something I hope I’ll go forward with.” Read more

NOSE BROOM by Amber Poer and Jeremy Hess

They’ll come at any time of day; in the middle of a meeting, a presentation, a stage debut, and they’ll come in fits of threes. Some people hold it in, some people let everything spray. Some people squeak when they sneeze; for others it takes more volume to get everything out.

Heritage student Becky Savage has one of those recognizably loud sneezes.

“Once in freshman year,” she tells us, “I was in the computer lab during 6th period. I sneezed and my science teacher opened the door to her classroom. Everyone in her class had heard me and they laughed and yelled ‘Bless you!’” Her sneeze is so loud, people used to yell “Bless you!” just to match the volume of her sternutation.

Sneezes happen when an irritant tickles you nose hairs, but it takes teamwork for a sneeze to happen. Read more

WAITING TO EXHALE by Amber Poer and Jeremy Hess

Cigarette/cigar smoke, like dust or allergens, acts as an irritant to the inner lining of the nose. The brain gets the signal to sneeze, and voila.

There are two types of secondhand smoke: side-stream smoke comes from the lighted end of a cigarette or pipe or cigar. It’s the legit stuff. Mainstream smoke is exhaled from the smoker.

Secondhand smoke has adverse effects on the heart, can cause other serious issues like bronchitis, damage to blood vessels, increased risk of a heart attack, and can trigger serious asthma attacks. It contains just as many cancer-causing chemicals as “firsthand” smoke.

PETS: A REASON FOR THE SNEEZIN’ by Cody Calhoon and Jeremy Hess

To some, the cute and cuddly face of a puppy dog cures any sour day. To others, it’s just a reason for sneezin’.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs.” 6 out of 10 people come in contact with cats and dogs, and on average there are 4 pets for every 10 people, so there’s little escape from these cute and cuddly sneeze-breeders. Cat allergies are more common than dog allergies, (as if there needs to be any more reason for dogs to be better than cats).

An allergy is a hypersensitivity of the immune system, to where it reacts negatively to normally harmless substances, like pet dander. A common reaction to allergens is sneezing. The pet dander in the air sticks to the inner lining of the nose, and the body reads it as an irritant—and lets the sneeze ring true.

PHOTON TORPEDOS by Amber Poer and Jeremy Hess

Ever felt like sneezing when you looked up at the sky, lying on your back, or looked at a bright light and just had to let an achoo rip? This phenomenon has stumped a lot of great minds, like Aristotle and Francis Bacon. Modern science has dubbed this bright-light-inspired mucus “The Photic Sneeze Reflex”. We put HHS’ Keaton Lindner under the bright lights to find out.

Scientists still aren’t completely sure why light triggers this effect in certain people. The current theory is that the optic nerve, responsible for dilating and constricting the pupils crosses signals with a nerve, which controls facial movements and sneezing. The trigeminal nerve reads the misfire as an irritant in the nose, and lets a sneeze rip as a response. It looks to be genetic, with a 50% chance of parents passing the fluke on to their kids depending on their genetic makeup.

HOMOSAPIENS by Cody Calhoon

Zoo

It’s the monkey that got everyone’s attention. The gloomy look on his face and the crossed arms were pathetic as he sat there and observed us from the other side of the glass.

Today is a different day. All of our friends are sitting at school, thinking of what they wish they were doing instead of spending six hours on the usual routine. Today is field trip day!

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