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This Is Us Review

This Is Us was the hit breakout show of fall 2016 and has not stopped. Giving the public two seasons, This Is Us has made its way in TV history by earning nominations for Best Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. Sterling K. Brown has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series. Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. 

The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall as their lives intertwine. Kate and Kevin were originally part of a triplet pregnancy, conceived in the bathroom of Froggy’s, a bar in downtown Pittsburgh, during Super Bowl 14. Their due date was October 12, 1980, but they were born six weeks early on August 31; their biological brother was stillborn. Their parents, Jack (who also has an August 31st birthday) and Rebecca Pearson, having expected to bring home three babies, decide to adopt another newborn: Randall, a black child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station. 

This Is Us is a definite tear jerker for most of the public and even the cast and crew get a little teary-eyed on set. I give myself credit for lasting as long as I did before the waterworks began. It was the sixteenth episode of the first season when — spoiler alert — Randall’s biological father, William, dies. That final scene of Randall holding on to his dying father’s face hit me right in the gut. I must have bawled for at least a good fifteen minutes before I got annoyed with myself. As someone who watches shows like The Walking Dead religiously, I know that at any minute someone could die on my favorite TV shows, and I’ve quickly learned not to get too attached to any character. But there’s something different about This Is Us. Maybe it’s the genius minds of the writers who craft impeccable story lines around sensitive topics like adoption, addiction, and body image, or the incredible actors who bring it every week as flawed, yet endearing characters who I’m now consistently rooting for. Whatever the reason, I’ve become invested in the Pearsons and their complicated family makes me an emotional wreck. 


Written By: Genna Rose

Image from NBC.com

Golden Globes

Sunday night, January 7, the Golden Globe Awards—hosted by Seth Meyers—saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri emerge as a surprising Oscar frontrunner after winning four trophies, including Best Picture (Drama), at a charged ceremony dominated by discussion of Hollywood’s power imbalances and the #MeToo movement.  


In the film categories, the big winner was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which took home four awards: Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig, was also a notable winner; it took home two awards, for Best Motion Picture — Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy (Saoirse Ronan). In the TV categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies came out on top, winning four awards, for Best Television Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Laura Dern), and Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series (Alexander Skarsgard). It was joined on the victors’ list by The Handmaid’s Tale, which won Best Television Series: Drama and Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama (Elisabeth Moss) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won Best Television Series — Comedy and Best Actress in Television Series: Comedy (Rachel Brosnahan). 

Women in the entertainment industry made a statement at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday by wearing all-black dresses on the red carpet. Amid the #MeToo movement and as a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, women expressed their solidarity through their fashion, transforming “MeToo” into “Time’s Up.” 

Earlier in the week, the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack started to go viral as Hollywood’s A-list stars wrote on social media about the #MeToo movement. It began in late 2017 after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, harassment and rape by some of Hollywood’s elite stars. 

“Today, we wear black. Why? Nearly 1/2 of men think women are well represented in leadership roles and 1/3 of women think women are well represented in leadership roles,” actress Ashley Judd posted on Instagram Sunday. “The *reality* is, only 1 in 10 senior leaders are women. #TimesUp #WhyWeWearBlack 

Photos credit to: Paul Drinkwater/NBC, via Associated Press and ABC News

Silver Regiment

Whether it’s during halftime or at competitions, the Silver Regiment is always working hard to impress with their shows.
The Silver Regiment travels across the state to compete their marching show and always returns with awards to show for their hard work. In past years, the band program has taken home multiple Grand Champion awards and is a 2 time bronze medalist at state championships. This year, The band doesn’t expect anything different.
This years show is called “Bached In”. Bached in is a play on words to put a name to a show all about Bach’s classical music. The show mostly comprises of Bach composing of Little Fugue in G Minor.
“We’re not quite done putting together the show but so far it looks and feels really good! We’re getting great reactions from those following the show and can’t wait till it’s really ready to go!”
The band has not started It’s competition season yet but, It’s coming up quickly and The Silver Regiment has been out on the field constantly trying to make everything as comfortable as possible.
“I think that there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that not a lot of people realize” says Brandon Hill (Senior) “If we’re not outside working on the marching, we’re inside repping music everyday. We work really hard to put this on the field and we all really appreciate the support from the school.”
Come support this award winning and hard working program at the football games this season as well as around the state!
Picture by Nikki Dumm

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Every year beginning in September, Those of the Jewish religion are called upon to celebrate the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year,” the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.This year, Rosh Hashana begins on Wednesday, September 20th and Yom Kippur starts on Friday, September 29th

When speaking with Rabbi Olshansky, of Congregation Bet Chaim, he had so much to say about the High Holidays. “Rosh Hashana is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur, which is the next week, is only slightly bigger. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say Rosh Hashana is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur is a 10. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year. It’s said that on Rosh Hashana, You’ll either be written in or out of the book of life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

By: Genna Rose 

Early Childhood

While most of our students spend their entire time at school sitting in a desk and listening to lecture, some of our students step onto the other side of the desk. As part of the career tech program at Lake Howell, Early Childhood Education serves as a full functioning preschool run by high school students. At Little Hawks Preschool, students can learn hands on about childhood development, working together and communication. Teachers in the preschool can take away some more concrete things too, such a CPR Certification, Department of Children and Families training, Child Development Associate license and college credit! Even more than this, students can take away a future sense of direction from the program, Lizzy Mattei (Senior) said Little Hawks “helped her realize she wants to be a teacher.” For those students who aren’t sure if they want to join, Early Childhood is a place to make friends, have fun and work with some awesome kids!   

By: Genna Rose