The Viking Post
Covid and Boise
By: Lucy Titus
Not many things can beat an annual tradition that includes sitting around the table with amazing food, surrounded by your best friends. This is exactly what the unofficial holiday, Friendsgiving is all about. Friendsgiving is just like Thanksgiving but with friends instead of family. It is a time to celebrate, hang out, enjoy food, get away from your family, and have fun with your friends.
“It may have been spoken aloud earlier, but the first written forms of the word were found in 2007”, states the article “What is Friendsgiving by Real Simple”. People have been doing Friendsgiving, probably since Thanksgiving was first originated because when you invite your friends over for Thanksgiving, it is basically Friendsgiving. The word Friendsgiving though has been spoken at least since the 1990s.
When is Friendsgiving? You can do Friendsgiving any time of the year but it is most common to do it near Thanksgiving. It is done most, the weekend before Thanksgiving so it is very flexible as for when you can celebrate it. Iris Antink, a 7th grader at North Junior High says, “Friendsgiving would be fun because you can learn things about your friends and you could learn what they do to celebrate.”
Some people think, isn’t Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving the same thing? It is not though. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with your family and eat delicious (and maybe not so delicious) food. Thanksgiving is also an official holiday where Friendsgiving is not. Friendsgiving is a time to hang out with your friends and have fun away from your family. Even though Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving are really similar, they are not the same thing.
If you ever want to start a fun tradition with your friends, you should try to celebrate Friendsgiving with all of your closest friends.
North Jr High
By: Amiya Sarin
Did you know that Thanksgiving wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1941?
According to History.com, Thanksgiving was celebrated throughout most of New England in the 17th century. In 1789, President George Washington declared November 26 as a day of national Thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution, but not as an official holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be on the last Thursday of November, which was not changed until 1939. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the day to November 23, the second to last Thursday in November, the day we celebrate it currently.
Traditions are a big part of Thanksgiving, and people at NJH celebrate the holiday in many different ways. Mrs. Bernert’s family cooks together, and she likes to make the salad. She plays lots of games with them and stays up late. Mr. Lim grew up in the Philippines, but none of his holidays were similar to Thanksgiving. Instead, he celebrated the Day of the Dead on November 1st. Mr. Lim has started celebrating Thanksgiving, but he says it’s not a very big holiday among his family.
It isn’t just people here at North who celebrate Thanksgiving in a variety of ways either. According to GoAbroad, many other countries have their own versions of Thanksgiving as well.
In Malaysia, people believe that “without rice, there is no life”. So they have a festival called the Kadazan Festival in May. Malaysians believe that Bambaazon, more commonly known as the Creator, created life on Earth. The festival celebrates and worships rice as a way of thanking the Creator for creating life.
In Korea, the Chuseok Harvest Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (early September to early October). The festival emphasizes respecting the elders and ancestors. Some common dishes that can be found are Songpyeon (rice cakes), toran-t’ang (taro soup), song-i (mushrooms) and bulgogi (beef). People eat with family and friends, but they also visit their ancestors’ graves and hold memorials. The day is all about remembering the ancestors and spending time with those you love.
Similarly in Ghana, people celebrate Homowo or the Festival of the Yams in August or September. The festival is all about hopefulness that the crops will be good, no one will starve, and the new yam harvest. Families have a friendly competition over who will get the biggest crop, yams are the most prized vegetable.
No matter where you’re from or how you celebrate, remember to give thanks for all those around you, all that you have, and enjoy the many ways we all celebrate.
Term: Fall | Issue 8 | Date: November 5th 2020
By: Hazel Plummer
Let me introduce you to someone named Covid, COVID-19 to be exact. You are probably familiar with this name, and some of the things it's caused. It's not really a person, not a he nor a she, but whatever it is has caused a lot of problems. People seem to have become a lot more negative than before, but the best thing we can do is stay positive. Many events have been canceled because of it, but good things have happened too.
Throughout this crazy time, we have all changed into complete germaphobes. I mean- we used to hardly care, but now we are scared to even breathe around other people, breathe! What's even worse than having to wear masks and being terrified of germs, is all the big town fun that got canceled. Some of the smaller events such as the Treefort Music Festival and Boise Art In The Park got canceled and shocked everyone looking forward to it.
Even worse, this Covid thing apparently has another name? So first, it just gets to roam around the world for FREE and gets to have everyone's attention all on them, but now it has a nickname? Oh well, I guess I’ll call it Coronavirus too. Along with that, it also canceled the Hyde Park street fair which, since 1979, has never been canceled. But what is even worse than that, if it's even possible, he Western Idaho fair was canceled this year! As the Western Idaho Fair website says, this is only the second time it's been canceled since 1897, the first time was due to the national pandemic that happened 100 years ago. Who knew all it would take for it to be canceled was just a little visit from this nasty virus?
Although everyone was very disappointed, there is still a positive aspect to this. With everyone being stuck at home we have been able to spend a lot of family time together. Although everyone's home, family, and life is different, we still get to spend time with our loved ones. Although it is very sad that we haven’t been able to get out of the house, seeing family is one of the best things possible. Along with staying positive, we have learned over the time of this pandemic how valuable our friends and family are, and how much we miss going to public places all the time. Whenever the day comes that I finally get to make human interaction with lots of people, you will see me everywhere celebrating the disappearance of this crazy pandemic named COVID- 19.
This Day in History
By: Ben Hugaboom
A glorious National Park, lies within Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho stretching 3,471 square miles. One of the most unique places in the United States. Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful National Park, with a lot of enriching sights.
Yellowstone is full of hot springs and geysers. With over ten thousand hydrothermal features (which come from the hot water in the Earth’s crust), Yellowstone contains sixty percent of the world’s geysers, according to Yellowstone’s website.
Old Faithful is Yellowstone’s most popular, most predictable, and one of the most beautiful geysers. Each eruption is anywhere from sixty to ninety minutes apart. On average, it spouts 6,050 gallons of water per eruption and can spout the water up to 180 feet in the air.
Another geyser that I absolutely must mention is the Steamboat Geyser. This geyser is the world record holder for the highest spouter, flinging hot water at heights of 300 ft to 400 ft. But it is very unpredictable. Minor eruptions occur from 5 to 20 minutes apart, but major eruptions can be 4 days to 50 years apart! After a major eruption on September 3rd, 2014, it didn’t erupt again until May 3rd of 2018, and then after that, eruptions became pretty common.
Another surprising fact about Steamboat is that before every eruption, a spring nearby called Cistern (sis-tern) Spring fills up, and then drains after the eruption, Ashton Hooker, a park ranger and a Digital Communications Specialist said during an interview.
Another must-see sight is Mammoth Hot Springs. It’s covered in white,which is caused by the calcium in the limestone that makes up most of it. It’s a long walk onto the top, but when you finally get there, it’s a beautiful view. You can see the entire top of the Butte with all of its hot springs.
Ashton Hooker also stated that there are an estimated 5,500 bison, 15,000 elk, 1,900 mule deer, and fewer than 200 moose in the park.
If you’re planning to go on vacation, Yellowstone may just be the place to go. Challenge yourself to see all of these sights, and explore all 3471 sq miles of the park.
By: Ellery Chasan and Olivia Borman
Every year on November 15th, Americans across the country participate in America Recycles Day in order to help raise awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.
Originally enacted in 1997, the White House endorses recycling and its positive effects on our world. The belief stands that recycling is what will help our environment and our world in the long run and throwing things away will end in our downfall.
Not only does recycling have a positive impact on our environment, but it also helps the economy. According to the EPA, a study by Recycling Economic Information found that in a single year, recycling and reuse activities in the U.S.equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,030 in wages and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled, mostly from ferrous, non-ferrous, construction and demolition waste.
One of the best ways to participate in this nationally recognized day is to participate in one of the many nationwide events. The Keep America Beautiful (KAB) initiative, a national nonprofit organization that educates on how to improve the environment, is one of the main promoters of America Recycles Day. The event organizers “educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events.” said KAB.org. You can participate in America Recycles Day this year by trying to buy recycled goods and educating others on how we can do better. Cadence Kirst, an 8th grader at North said, ¨Recycling turns things into other things, which is like magic.¨
In 1960 we recycled only 7% of recyclable materials, but now we have recycled over 35%. Though this is an increase, we can do more by thinking, ¨How green is it?¨ before we buy. Before you buy, ask yourself, is it built to last, is it easily recycled, is it sustainable, and is it eco-friendly?
Recycling is a controversial thing for many reasons. One reason being that it is an inconvenience. Another reason, stated Plantgreenrecycle.com that many people don't recycle because it is often done improperly. Many also feel that the amount they recycle can not compare with the amount of pollution that corporations put out. While that is a valid concern, if we all recycle and spread awareness a difference will eventually be made and be worth taking the chance on.
Every year 60 million plastic water bottles flood our waterways and landfills, helping methane and greenhouse gases be over twenty one times more than carbon dioxide, so please do the right thing and recycle.
By: Beck Nelson-Lunstrum
North junior high has many clubs and activities that anyone can join, and if you don’t find one that you like, you can create your own!This year there have been some club changes and additions. Two main additions are the Boxing Club and the PingPong Club. Some of the clubs are also electives that you can take during the day and some are sports for after school, but all of them have very fun activities and anyone can join.
If you are interested in sports, some interesting options would be boxing, mountain biking, or doing yoga on Wednesdays to improve your flexibility and overall wellness. Boise High Biking was canceled due to Covid and North Snow Riders starts later in the year. These clubs are the favorites of many North Junior High students such as Noah Streif who says that “out of all the clubs and activities, Mountain Biking is my favorite”. These clubs are very fun and most can be found on the North clubs website.
If a club is new, you won’t be able to find them on the website, but if you want to join the Boxing Club or the Afternoon Tea Club email Ms. McDevitt at email@example.com.
Some of the clubs at North are also electives and you can do them during the school day. These clubs are band, orchestra, choir, AVID, journalism, student council, drama, and yearbook. There are also some fun school related clubs and activities such as, Math Counts, Science Olympiad and Honor Society. All of these clubs except for the Honor Society, which is for 9th graders who have a 3.71 or higher GPA, are for all North students. Some great North clubs that were not mentioned earlier are:
Xbooks (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sources of Strength (contact email@example.com)
Idaho Battle of Books
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Gay Straight Alliance (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cheerleading (contact email@example.com)
Board Games and Mtg club
Chess Club (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ping pong Club (contact email@example.com)
Magic the Gathering Club (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
D &D Club (contact email@example.com)
An option if you don’t like any clubs on the list, is to create your own club! All you need to do is get a teacher to be in charge of your club. So next time you’re feeling bored join one of North’s amazing clubs or create your own!
By: Sean Norton
“On November 11, 1918” World War I ended. World War I was a brutal war with many new and modern technologies. Many deadly weapons were created, one of which was the machine gun which fired 6,000 rounds per minute. But some of the worst weapons were large bombs and deadly gas.These types of weapons killed an untold number of soldiers. According to facing history.org, over 8.5 million soldiers laid down their lives fighting for their countries during WWI.
It's official, it's November. Although it's very chilly and not the most enjoyable month, there are a few positives! November is just the bridge between Halloween and Christmas, with everything pumpkin flavored, getting together with our family, and Black Friday. Black Friday has changed a lot this year.
If you live under a rock, you may not know that Black Friday is a day where people shop. Yeah, pretty crazy right? Some might ask, what day is Black Friday? Black Friday is on (you guessed it) Friday, it's also the last Friday of November. Black Friday is right there before the joyus month of December, preparing everyone for the gift giving days. It's only such a popular day because almost everything you could imagine is on sale!
Black Friday used to mostly consist of clothes, makeup, jewelry and more trendy stuff, but now it mostly consists of electronic things now.
Picture this, it's 5:00AM and your alarm starts beeping loudly, your body gets filled with a merry feeling as you jump out of bed, put your winter clothes on and run outside to your freezing cold car. You drive down to the mall and stand there with the large crowd waiting to get inside the store to grab the cheap items on sale. Everyone is crowding on top of one another trying to grab what they want. Sadly, life has changed very much since then. Well, not so sadly actually.
Picture this, it's 10:00AM you walk out of bed, throw your slippers on, grab a cup of hot cocoa and walk over to your computer to start shopping online. The revolutionary online shopping. Going onto websites like Amazon to check the sales, search up what you want, grab your credit card and pay. Although there would still be sales in all the stores, it is not the same anymore, especially because of Covid.
Covid here- and Covid there- everyone is talking about Covid. It's the center of attention, I bet the person who named it feels pretty special after naming a national pandemic. Anyway, Black Friday. Covid has caused online shopping to be everywhere! No more store shopping for me.
I hope this pandemic ends soon, so next year maybe we can bring back an old tradition, Black Friday.
Clubs At North
By: Hazel Plummer
America Recycles Day
Yellowstone National Park
The Humane Society
By: Anneka Nelson
The dictionary defines helpful as, “given or ready to give help.” And some of our 8th graders here at North have done exactly that.
Our teachers would like to thank Mason Armstrong, Eamon Becker, Avery Heiner, Malia Mendes, Tucker Smith, Jack Tobin, Olivia Borman, Rose Carly, Sorin Boyd, Rowan Hulbert, Mateo Kowalcyzk, Kydia Love, Greenlee McBrayler, Amelia Gustavsen, Jaxon Cutler-Lynch, Owen Barnes, E.J. Lee, Rylie Jobe, Juliette Langlet, and Flint Booth.
They appreciate that you have been making such a positive difference in this difficult situation. From great communication, effort, and smiles our staff truly appreciates you. It’s the little things that matter. Having a positive outlook while North is figuring out virtual learning is a big help to all of our community.
Greenlee McBrayer, one of the many outstanding 8th graders at North said that, “Online schooling is hard, and I think it's safe to say the majority of students and teachers do not enjoy it whatsoever, but I guarantee you just flipping your camera and speaking up in class will make life better for everyone.”
Aswe go back to school, all of our teachers are looking forward to seeing your great spirit, and want you to know that this means so much to them.
The History of Black Friday
Almost all of us know that feeling when getting a new pet, whether it's a goldfish, a cat, a puppy, it is always exciting.
Although animals are very exciting, most pets can be very expensive to buy from a breeder. If your family is on the lookout for a new pet, adopting from the Idaho Humane Society might be a great option for you. Not only would you be rescuing an animal that just needs a little love, but the process at the center is fairly simple.
Due to Covid, the adoption process at the Humane Society has changed. According to Kristine Schellhaas, the Communications Manager at the Humane Society, “Every animal is available on a first come first serve basis, Thursday through Sunday. Anyone can just walk in, and say I want that animal, and you then can adopt it!” If you are unable to be around a lot of people, Schellhaas said, “Sunday through Wednesday after the shelter closes we do an application process so that we can provide a safe environment for people who want to be more socially distant. These people can then set an appointment up after they have applied, to meet the animal and then adopt.”
Speaking of appointments to meet animals, the meeting place at the new Humane Society building is very spacious and nice. It has a large grassy area with a fence surrounding it. Along with that, the Humane Society’s new building has a giant field that the dogs can play and interact in, a giant laundry room where they store all of the blankets, sound proof walls, giant cages for each dog and cat, rooms where people can go in and play with the animals, a smaller animal area, a veterinary clinic, and more.
While we were at the center, we got to meet a bunch of different dogs and cats that are up for adoption. Here are a few:
One of the first pets we met was Maya. She is a sweet American pitbull mix who loves to go on walks. Maya does not love having other dogs around, so if you are looking to adopt her, you will want to make sure that she is your only furry friend.
Another dog that we met was sweet little Ranger. He was quite the character when we had the opportunity to meet him, he was showing off his duck toy. After that, he walked back into his bed, as he has a low energy level and enjoys his quiet time. Ranger is 9 years old, and is good with other dogs.
Next door to Ranger is where Kona, a german shepherd lives. Kona was very friendly and smart. A worker at the Humane Society said that he could somehow open up his cage, so they had to put a special lock on it. Kona is also house trained and enjoys running around.
After meeting all of those dogs, we moved on to the kitty section. When we first got there, Keegan and Kit caught our eyes. They were snuggled up in a bed together, and you could tell they were best friends. They have high energy, love to play with toys and are Litterbox trained.
Another cat we met was Betty. We got to go into a room and interact with her. She loved it when we petted her, and she was very gentle.
In the room across from Betty was Oreo, who is a cat as sweet as her name. She is a 1 year old domestic shorthair, who only weighs 9 pounds.
These sweet animals are all looking for their forever home and a family to love them, so if you ever are on the lookout for a new pet, the Humane Society is the place to go.
*Note: The dogs and cats we wrote about may have been adopted. To check if they are still available, go to the Humane Society website, https://idahohumanesociety.org/adopt/
Students of the Month
By Olive Boyd and Kennedy Dunn
By: Addison Agler
Black Friday is a time with great deals, realizing you're going to go broke after this, and tackling your way to the front of these extremely long lines just to get something that is on sale for 2 dollars. So how did we get from Thanksgiving to Black Friday?
Black Friday started way back in 1869 on September 24th when a financial crash hit the U.S. People called it The Crash of the U.S. How fitting. An article called ‘What’s The Real History Of Black Friday’ explained that some people tried to bring the nation’s gold to try to get the numbers up higher but nonetheless the Wall Street market went into bankruptcy. Years later retailers started to notice that the day after Thanksgiving, their profit would go up because many people went shopping on this day to get a headstart on their holiday shopping.
But the actual name came to be in the 1950s. In Philadelphia, fans and travelers came to see The Army Navy Football game. “What’s The Real History Of Black Friday”, also says that, “this team consists of one of the biggest rivalries in America Sports”. Since hundreds of people came to the game, police officers couldn’t take the day off or even stop to take a break because they had to control the traffic and big crowds. After a while one thing leads to the next and because of all the police officers trying to control big crowds, shoplifters would have a chance to easily steal items from stores. Leading to the name Black Friday. City merchants tried to change the name to Big Friday to remove the negative connotations in it, but that name didn’t spread to other cities and states in the U.S. until much later. The article also had said, retailers were the ones who permanently named the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday.
But where does the name Black Friday come from? The Black means profit because in accounting, when they are keeping track of how a store is doing, they use the color red to represent loss and the color black to represent profit. Of course Black Friday always happens on a Friday so that part should be clear.
Black Friday is a day you can look forward to all through the month of November. Afterwards you may be broke because of all the good deals. Hopefully, this year everyone will be able to save some money online or in stores and have a great Thanksgiving.
A Sports Update
By:Ben Hugaboom and Jackson Smith
It’s fall, and school is back in session. That means Junior High sports are back! But with a twist. With the Coronavirus we all know going around, we are going to have to be careful and that means changes to how sports are normally run.
According to Andy Nemeth, the 9th grade PE teacher and athletic director at North Junior high, in order to keep numbers down at games there will be “tickets” handed out to each player to give to one of their parents or guardians and that will be the only thing that will allow access to the games.
For indoor sports like volleyball and basketball, each team will be given twenty-five tickets, for a total of fifty fans in total. For outdoor sports like cross country and football, each team will be given fifty tickets, for a total of a hundred fans.
Fans and players are required to wear masks, and are also supposed to stay six feet apart from each other. But sometimes, Mr. Nemeth feels like the “chief of the mask police”.
Most of the sports in the district have a lot of contact in them, but some aren’t as bad as others. For instance basketball players are inside and they’re all touching the same ball over and over again, football players are constantly taking each other down, and wrestling is the opposite of social distancing. Cross country, however, has student athletes running and having very little physical contact.
Unfortunately some sports chose not to risk covid for the thrilling athletics and are canceling their season due to… yep you guessed it; Covid 19. Though some are canceled, many of them are not giving up, even if their season is only three games long.
Covid-19 has really affected our Junior High sports, and a lot of other things around the world but if we all wear masks, and stay 6 feet away, this can all end much sooner.
By: Mckenna V
Have you ever watched cartoons such as Spongebob or Teen Titans Go and wondered, how was this made? I interviewed a recent graduate of PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art), Maxwell Vaughan to tell us how they do it.
“Technically animation involves the exploitation and management of still images to generate the illusion of movement by stringing them together,” says Max, “but really what that means is seeing a still image and figuring out how you can make it move believably and fluidly.” This, Max states, is why he loves animation so much.
Max not only draws for animation, but uses miniatures and figures to create what is called stop motion animation. Max loves working with miniatures because they are tiny characters and he finds the microscopic details fascinating.
Max picked animation because it is more fun and engaging to make things move. He explains that you can spend 50 hours making a beautiful painting, but in animation you have to make one frame in a few minutes because in an animation tv show there are around 24 frames per second, so the thrill is more consistent.
Teressa Drilling, Max’s mentor, has worked on some big films such as Coraline and BoxTrolls. Drilling has been a woman in animation for a long time, which is very rare in the animation industry.
Although going to school for this job is so enriching and fun, there are some disadvantages. Extremely good and private art schools such as Cal Arts, Rutgers University, etc. are almost as expensive as Ivy League schools such as Duke or Harvard. Max says that it is up to the person, if they want to spend a lot of money to be in a really good art school and better education, or if they want to go to a less expensive school and maybe education that isn’t as good.
If you are interested in a career in animation be sure to speak with your counselor about classes you can take now and scholarships for colleges.
Covid-19 & Jr High Sports
Imagine walking out of class after making cookies or learning the relaxing and incredibly useful art of sewing. Both of these opportunities are offered in Teen Living 1 and 2.
While both have similar names and overlap in some areas, they are very different. Teen Living 1 has a larger focus on cooking, whereas Teen Living 2 teaches students how to sew. When not in the kitchen or working with thread, both cover the basics of handling personal finances.
Each class is a single semester course. There are no prerequisites to Teen Living 1, but it must be taken before Teen Living 2.
Ms. Cannon is the Teen Living 1 teacher and will most likely be teaching Teen Living 2 in the spring. When asked which students this class was available to she responded with “it is open to both the eighth and ninth grades.”
She also said that the highlight of Teen Living 1 for most students was simply the joy of being in the kitchen. This year students have already made smoothies and cake-in-a-cup.
If you think this class would be a fun elective, it’s not too late. You can still sign up for these classes by contacting your counselor today.
You've heard of the amazing game of basketball right? Well guess what, it's coming up for the boys at North Junior High. Except this time it's going to be a little different.
North Junior High Basketball is one of the most popular sports at NJH. According to Mr. Scott, the 9th grade basketball coach “Basketball is definitely very popular here at North. We always have a lot of participation which is a wonderful thing to see.”
Now that you know basketball is one of the most popular sports here at North, it is also very popular throughout the Boise School District and other junior highs. Which leads to it being very competitive. Even if you are not playing basketball, you can still have a great time watching it.
Basketball is definitely a very exciting sport every year, but with Covid a lot of it is going to be changed. The number of fans will be limited and only parents are allowed. If you're not on the court then you must have a mask on, and all playing equipment will be sanitized.
Basketball, and most of the other sports are continuing their seasons. Basketball is one of the only sports that is playing a 10 game season ,but unfortunately there will be no more championships or playoffs. Sadly, most of the other sports have only been doing 3 games.
According to Andy Nemeth, the North Athletics Director, “This shortened season we will focus on participation, safety, and our district values.” So the main goal is to work on Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Responsibility and Teamwork, and for basketball obviously sportsmanship is one of the most important things to becoming an athlete.
North boys basketball is expected to begin on January 11th , and the changes that have been made will help to continue our season even with Coronavirus affecting the season. Basketball at North will find a way.
Professional Sports and Covid
The 2019 7/8 Boy's Basketball Team
By: James Miller
When the coronavirus started to take effect on our society, it was hard. Most sports got canceled, but recently we have found a way to work through it. Just to name a few the NBA, NFL, and the MLB have found a way to let people get distracted from what’s going on outside, and they accomplished this with a few simple steps.
First coaches, teams, and stadiums had to consider a few key questions: What’s the game plan if we do start this season? How many fans are in attendance? How can we incorporate fans if there is no crowd out there?
The MLB worked through that, by adding cardboard cutouts. The NFL took this step too. Every team has a different policy of how many fans can be in a stadium. The NBA has fans on cameras around the arena allowing them to watch the game and still support their favorite teams.
The little things matter the most. On the bench during the NBA game they sanitize the seats and put them a couple of feet apart. The coaches have to wear a mask on the sideline during the game. If they don’t they’ll get fined. Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Jon Gruden both got fined more than $10,000 for not wearing a face covering during the game.
As you can see the sports world is trying to stop the spread of covid, and you can help get sports moving here at North again too. Wear your mask, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, and encourage others to do the same. If we all pull together we can help our teams play safely this year.
By: Ellery Chasan
As the weather gets colder, most of us see a steaming, delicious bowl of soup as a wonderful way to warm up after a long day of school and activities.
There are many types of soup and I have found a few that include seasonal vegetables and fall inspired flavors. If you are looking for pumpkin spice soup, you will sadly not find that here, but there are many classic pumpkin recipes and ones filled with less known fall ingredients.
When people think of fall vegetables, kale does not often come to mind, possibly because it is not the world’s favorite vegetable. Despite this Kale and White bean soup is a delicious and seasonal choice for a meal.
Another ingredient not always affiliated with fall but grows plentifully during this season is barley. There are many barley soup recipes and variations but a French-style vegetable barley soup is the perfect vegetarian soup.
When it comes to squashes and gourds I know of a few kinds, these include, squash bisque, yellow squash and potato soup, peanut butter pumpkin soup, watercress and squash soup and a simple pumpkin soup. While peanut butter may not seem like a worthy soup ingredient it adds richness and creaminess to the dish.
Speaking of creamy soups, a creamy broccoli and carrot soup with pepper relish combines many fall inspired ingredients many of which are in the name of the soup. Another that has many fall ingredients is Borsch, a Russian beet soup. It has many variations all of which are wonderful to try.
Last but not least is cream of mushroom soup. As it turns out many kinds of mushrooms are growing in the fall and there are a variety of soups. Most popular are ones that include button, cremini, or portobello mushrooms, but you can find recipes for almost any kind of edible mushrooms.
So, next time your parents ask you what you want for dinner, maybe give one of these soups a try.
Baking With Luke
Fall Inspired Soup
By: Luke (duh)
So I was told I should do a baking article so all of you future Gordon Ramsaies could learn a thing or two from my experience in the kitchen. Basically I’m going to try to follow a cooking recipe the best I can while simultaneously trying not to burn my house down.
Fun fact before I start making a mess of the kitchen my mom just cleaned, all Betty Crocker recipes tell you to add an egg so it makes you feel like you're actually baking instead of adding water to some mysterious powder that tastes more like sand than brownies. Heck you can probably just eat that stuff raw, no baking required for all I know.
Anyways, Betty Crocker aside, the recipe I'll be making today is just your average chocolate chip cookie recipe I snagged from an insecure website on the internet.
This recipe calls for unspecified amounts of flour, some leavener (whatever that is), salt (who puts salt in a cookie?), sugar, butter, an egg, and vanilla. P.S don't use any of that “vanilla extract” It
tastes like windex.
So now on to the actual instructions. The first thing you want to do is wangjangle (or mix) 2 and 1/4 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon baking soda. Hey, wait a minute, baking soda wasn’t in the ingredients! Great, now I have to substitute it for something else. Hmmm, what about actual soda? Yeah that'll have to do. So you’ll want to get a can of sprite cranberry from your fridge real quick and don't even open it just chuck that thing straight into the mixing bowl. You weren't going to actually eat the cookies, right?
Ok so then it says to add all the other ingredients and mix them vigorously with your sprite cranberry until all the chunks of metal are dissolved and your dough creature has come to life.
So now you want to set your oven to vaporize mode but for the sake of time I'm just gonna nuke my cookies (aka “the radiation oven”). And now I’ll set the speed-nuker to 250% power, or put it at 100% if yours isn't an industrial model like mine. And finally set the time for however long you think it will take to burn down your house and then just walk away and do whatever you want until you smell something burning and hear the microwave beeping. Or is that the smoke detector?
Anyway, this has been how to make perfect microwave cookies with Luke, and I hope you will join me next time as I talk about my new book out now; “How to Destroy Relationships Through Cooking” available wherever you get groceries!
By: Ellery Chasan
One of our favorite Thanksgiving staples is mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s salty, a little bit sweet, and has the most delightful texture. While most people know how to make simple mashed potatoes, not many choose to make gravy from scratch. It’s actually not as hard as it seems and takes only a few ingredients.
Before you make your gravy you’ll need to get out your ingredients and utensils. You will need flour, butter, stock/broth, or pan drippings (the fond and juices leftover from cooking the entre), and salt and pepper. A saute pan or skillet is recommended but any will work for cooking this dish. You will also need a whisk.
The first and most important step of gravy making is creating a roux, the base of the sauce . To do this you will need to heat your pan or skillet and melt the butter. Once you have melted the butter, quickly whisk in the slowly poured flour, about ¼ to ⅓ cup, until it is incorporated and smooth. You will need to continue whisking until it is the desired color (anywhere between a blond-gold to a deep bronze).This is the base of your gravy and will help it thicken. The website, Cook’s Illustrated, explains, “The darker the color the more pronounced the roux’s flavor. But at the same time that a roux darkens, its thickening power lessens.”
At this point you will add your stock/broth or pan drippings. The amount you use depends mostly on how thick you want your gravy to be. The thinner you want it, the more liquid you should add. This should be added in the same technique as the flour. After you add the liquid, you will need to stir occasionally and scrape off the edge while it thickens to keep the gravy on the edges of the pan from burning.
When your gravy is at its desired consistency, pour into a gravy boat for serving. And voila, you have a delightful and delicious gravy for your meal!
By: Kennedy Dunn
It’s fall time and yummy treats are in season! One of these treats that is very popular amongst Americans, and also has health benefits, is your classic pumpkin pie.
Not only is it delicious, but eating it isn’t all that bad for you, unlike most desserts. According to Medical News Today, “Pumpkin is a plump, nutritious, orange vegetable, and a highly nutrient dense food. It is low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals, all of which are also in its seeds, leaves, and juices.” One of the vitamins that you can find a lot of in pumpkin is beta carotene, which can reduce developing certain cancers, protect you from asthma and heart disease, and decrease the risk of age-related macular-degeneration, which is an eye problem. Other things found in pumpkin include fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, meaning that incorporating pumpkin into your desserts is very healthy and good for you. Ehow.com also states that “A half cup of pumpkin pie filling is nearly a quarter of the daily fiber recommended for adults.”
Another reason why you can benefit from pumpkin pie, is that it is super easy to make. When you are eating a smorgasbord on Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie is a very traditional dessert, and almost everyone likes it. So if you’re ever in need for a treat to make, just add in some eggs and sweetened condensed milk into a canned pumpkin pie mixture, and there you go. Even though pumpkin pie is more popular in the fall and early winter, if you were craving something sweet, any other time of the year, it would still be easy and good. I’m sure the pilgrims would approve.
Just watch out for how much you eat, because depending on the recipe, the pie filling and/or crust can have a lot of sugar.
All in all, if you are ever looking for something healthy yet tasty, pumpkin pie is the way to go.
By: Kovi Harrison
Everyone loves food, right. Well I know I do, and now it's November so there are so many food options. Today I’m going to tell you about the best and easiest food to eat for November: Caramel Apples.
Caramel Apples are rich, decadent and silky-smooth, but sometimes sticky and if you have braces you can miss out on them. If you have braces you would be better off slicing the apple and dipping it into caramel and toppings. You can put a lot of toppings on caramel apples including nuts, sprinkles, mini m and m´s, chocolate chips, and more. So go grab your parents and get cooking!
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By: Olivia Borman
I believe, along with 40% of the USA, that Daylight Savings Time (DST), is unnecessary and clocks should remain on Standard Time all year.
Originally thought up by George Hudson in 1895, about 1.5 billion people and seventy countries participate in DST worldwide, but due to cost, health, and the effects of darkness, I believe Idaho should revert back to Standard time.
One reason Daylight Savings should be stopped is because it costs more money than it is worth. William F. Shughart, PhD has stated that for every DST change there is 1.7 billion dollars (4 billion a year) is lost in what could have been done over DST. It also costs the US economy about 434 million dollars due to the decrease of productivity the day of DST, and though this may not have a large impact on you now, one day it may.
Daylight savings can also have large health defects such as depression and cardiovascular issues like heart attacks and stroke. It may also cause a malfunction in your circadian rhythm (your sleep and waking cycle). In the article ¨DayLight Savings Time has Long Term Negative Effects on Health¨ from healtheuropa.eu has stated that a malfunction in your circadian rhythm, even just by an hour may cause effects such as weight gain, impulsivity, slower thinking and physiological and behavioral changes.
Finally, when DST ends, it poses the question ¨ What will this do to my safety?¨and the truth is that statistically there is a 6% increase in motor accidents when DST ends (this year on November 1st). The darkness of the morning may also cause things such as winter blues (a mood changing disorder) and lack of productivity. Students such as Noelle Palmer, an 8th grader at North, have stated, ¨I don´t like that it's cold and dark out in the mornings¨. The complete utter darkness of the morning may also cause students to exhibit signs of sleep deprivation and a lacking work ethic.
So even though DST may allow for us to have longer, bright summer days, it also causes the winter to be darker and dreary, that is why due to cost, health and the effects of darkness, Daylight Saving should end.
By Lucy Titus
Loki hasn’t been very safe recently. He’s been standing less than 6 feet apart from other people without wearing his mask when at school. Also, nobody recognized him when he came back because he never turned his camera on when online. So, if you see Loki being unsafe or hiding his face during google meets, please let him know to fix his mistakes so that his teachers and peers have less to worry about.
Friday the 13th
The Viking Vice -Principal
By Anneka Nelson and Lucy Titus
Mr.Lingle is our amazing vice principal who works hard to make this school the best that it possibly can be. He has an awesome hard working family and is dedicated to his career. He also has lots of experience with students and teachers, and some good tips that you should know.
Sometime in high school, Mr. Lingle decided that he was going to be a teacher.
He said, “my high school teachers were so great that they inspired me to do that.”. After college, he went on to graduate school at the University of Idaho.
He then was a teacher for about eleven years. He taught World Studies 7, World Studies 8, and US History at West Junior High and at Fairmont Junior High. He has also taught AVID. Since a lot of students think history is boring, he tried to make it fun by connecting it to cultural events that are happening today and did lots of class discussions. He said, “if I was a vice principal for another ten years and then ended up going back to the classroom to be a teacher, I would not be disappointed about that”.
Being determined and organized is important to Mr. Lingle. He only got straight A’s one semester through his school career. Mr. Lingle wishes that his teachers had taught him good habits because he thinks he would have done better in school if his teachers would have done that. “The habits that you develop early follow you in life so if you can get into the habit of working hard, studying, and doing well, those habits are going to follow you your whole life. Even though it might be a lot of work and annoying or frustrating, it pays off down the road.” So, if you see Mr.Lingle around, be sure to say hello and remember to focus on building good habits now.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Thanksgiving Word Scramble
Complete them all and see Mrs. DeSpain in the main office for a prize!
1. glpirim _______
2. yrteuk ______
3. flkhutan ________
4. ftugsifn ________
5. lafotolb ________
6. yfailm ______
7. kuppmin ipe _______ ___
8. siwh oben ____ ____
By Amiya Sarin
International Children’s Day is on November 20th, 2020 in the U.S. but has different dates all over the world. In some countries, they have a couple of days, a week, even a month dedicated to children!
Children’s Day was originally not very festive, it was more about the Declaration of the Child. The Declaration of the Child was a document that stated the rights that children have and how they were to be treated in times of need. It was updated several times throughout the years but has stayed with the same morals and basic necessities, according to an article in the National Today.
According to Findmykids Blog, in Spain and Brazil, it is celebrated with large concerts and gatherings. In the U.S. and India, libraries and cultural centers teach children and motivate them to learn more. In Australia, attention is brought to children that have gone through hard times and how to help them, and in New Zealand everyone focuses on the problems in the native Maori tribes. In Ecuador, gifts are handed out, and in China, Children’s Day is a day off for everyone, with free entry to lots of entertainment centers. In Germany gifts are handed out and the government works to improve living conditions for children. In Japan and Sweden there are two separate days for boys and girls. On the girls day in Sweden, girls dress up as goddesses and do good deeds, and in Japan girls decorate with dolls and fruits and mochi, a popular dessert, is eaten. On boys day in Sweden, boys dress up as lobsters (which are associated with courage) and perform in public. Whereas in Japan on boys' day the focus is brought to the culture of the samurai.
Children’s Day isn’t a very well-known holiday, but it’s history and the way people celebrate it in different cultures is fascinating and makes the holiday worthy of more attention.
Satirical troubles of NJH
Abolish Daylight Savings
By: Devanie Badaracco
Friday the 13th is often considered a bad day, and a lot of superstition surrounds the day. It may be because it's because Friday the 13th rarely ever happens or because it's considered an unlucky day and apparently bad things happen. Have you ever gotten the creeps on Friday 13th?
But why is Friday the 13th considered so scary in the first place? You probably know all about how unlucky the number 13 is. Certain numbers attract dark superstitions from the “devil’s number,” 666, to the devil’s hour, 3 am. The number 13 may be the darkest of them all.
According to Christian beliefs, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and 13 guests are believed to have attended the last supper, the night before Jesus was killed. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, is considered to have been the 13th guest. That's definitely not a coincidence.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is also really rare; it means fear of Friday the 13th. Some people around the world believe Friday the 13th is real and others don’t. Some people don’t believe because they're scared or because they don’t want to believe in things they can’t see. The question is are you a believer or not? Ever heard that you're not supposed to say Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th? I wonder if that's true. It might be but it might not be. Who knows?
Just remember that on Friday the 13th lock your doors, stay in, be safe and whatever you do don’t say Friday the 13th or stay up to 3am!
What is the Loki Local?
The Loki Local is a column in The Viking Post which focuses on bringing awareness of the mischief of Loki at North. Loki is the god of fun and trickery, so imagining the troublemakers at North as 'Loki' himself only seems fitting. It is also a great way to keep the mayhem causer's identities confidential.
By:Mary delores Jensen
Cats, we love them, hate them, they knock things off the counter, but have you ever wondered what they are saying in those cute meows or mean hisses? Well cats do a lot of things that have meaning, non-verbals and running around.
Mr Gant, our 8th grade counselor, said "Cat's are highly intelligent animals and are great at training their owners to get them what they want".Every cat is unique just like people. They have their own personalities and behaviors. There is no normal when it comes to cats.
Cats may have different behaviors, but there are some common ones. For example, sleeping in many different positions. One of these is the “loaf position”. According to petsbest.com, a website devoted to all things pet related, “this is telling you that they’re conserving body heat or protecting their body. It’s the most common position for all kinds of animals in the wild, and this position protects their organs”. The belly up position is where the paws are curled and they’re exposing their most vulnerable spot. This means they trust you.
A cat’s “crazy time” is when your cat runs like a cheetah. So why do our cats do this? Are they chasing ghosts? No of course not. Before cats were domesticated they were adorable little hunters and they needed food, so they would use all that energy for hunting, but when they’re domesticated they didn't need to hunt. They have a lot of energy and on top of that they sleep most of the day, so all that energy builds up and they can't sleep. So what do they do? They run around like crazy to burn off all that energy.
Even with all of that energy, all in all cats are a great pet with a lot of personality. If you are thinking of getting a new pet, consider checking with your local animal shelter and adopting a pet in need.
Understanding Your Cat
Reading or Speaking?
By:Lucy Titus and Anneka Nelson
Although some would argue, reading would be much worse to lose than speaking.
Reading and speaking both have their superior qualities such as traveling, communication, mental health, and mind-reading.
Reading is much more useful in your everyday life than talking is. Take driving for example, how would you know when to stop or get off at a certain exit? The mind is capable of so many things, but not memorizing a world without words. You read the street signs, menus, maps, and many more things every day. Even when you go to a store that you have not memorized the whereabouts, you could not find your way. Everything would seem like a foreign language. You would not even be able to write; you would forget how the letters look. Alair Barton, a 7th grader at North said, “You can’t do anything if you can’t read.” You could never text anybody again; you could not dial the numbers to call somebody; it would be like living in the stone age again. Would you really give up your current life just to talk?
But is it worth it if you lose your ability to speak? Driving without the ability to speak would be difficult because you could not use voice command and you would not be able to call anybody or talk to anybody while driving. If you were lost in a new city or place you have never been to, you would also not be able to communicate with others and ask where you were or where you need to go. This also goes for stores, you could not ask anybody to help you find your way, or where the veggies are. Talking plays an important role in our everyday lives, and it would be hard to disregard it.
On the other hand, reading can help you in many ways, but as you know, if you choose reading, you have to give up speaking. What you probably didn't know, is that reading increases empathy. If you devote the time to read a couple of minutes every day, you will get a better understanding of what somebody is feeling and thinking. According to Campbell County Public Library, in their article, 10 Benefits of Reading Books, “studies have found that reading fiction helps readers understand what others are thinking by reading people’s emotions.”
Now, let’s talk about talking again. You might think that losing the ability to talk is not that bad and that you could just use sign language, but there's more to it than that. Talking can help your mental health, you probably do not want to break down in tears every day. Talking can really help you open up and be free of depression. The Mental Health Foundation states in their article, Talking Therapies, “Talking can strengthen your ties with other people and help you stay in good mental health”.
Next time you go to read a book, or talk to somebody, think about how lucky you are and do not take those special qualities you have for granted.
By: Olivia Borman
Colorful masks line the streets, almost none the same. We all have to wear a mask now, so that begins the question, “What should be on my mask?”
Masks are an everyday necessity for everyone, and more and more shops and individuals are creating and selling masks, which now allows for the masks we wear to come from a more broad selection. This causes our school clothing rules to be enforced for masks just like any other item of clothing.
Here's the gist: masks are now as important as our everyday clothes and just like how you have to wear clothes that abide by the dress code, you have to wear masks that do too. Mr. Lingle, our vice-principal at North, has confirmed my previous statement and added that, “according to school policy, you can't wear clothing that promotes alcohol, beer, drugs or smoking. You also can't wear clothing depicting weapons”. Other big no’s for masks include anything depicting gangs, explicit, offensive, or depicting illegal acts. This means, for example, bandannas should not be worn as masks at school. Mr. Lingle has also stated that, “if a student wears a mask with something inappropriate on it, they will be asked to remove their mask and replace it with another one”.
Some appropriate masks to wear include our very own North masks, “medical masks”, single color masks, or simple, child-friendly patterns. If you are unsure about a mask to wear to school, ask for someone's honest opinion with no bias such as a parent or trusted adult. If you are still unsure or can’t find a trusted person to ask, always err on the side of caution and choose a different mask.
Please wear a mask and remember to keep it school appropriate!
The Evolution of Covid-19
Cleaning for Covid
By: Kennedy Dunn
A lot of things have changed this year at North, including the cleaning. North staff has a fun new machine to help keep our school safe and clean: an Electrostatic Sprayer.
So what exactly is an Electrostatic Sprayer? Well it is actually a high tech device which allows for sanitizing and disinfecting large areas in a relatively short amount of time. ” According to Commercial Cleaning Corp, it is good to use this form of cleaning because, “It reduces the time it takes to cover and disinfect all surfaces and hard-to-reach places by 50% compared to conventional methods, applies chemicals in a more efficient, controlled manner, eliminating the dangers of overuse, and prevents costly financial burdens associated with contagious healthcare infections.” As an added bonus this device also looks a bit like a Ghostbusters proton pack.
We may not know if it is good at keeping ghosts away, but we do know it is helping to keep our school clean and safe for us all.
By Luke Phillips
COVID-19 (by the time you’re reading this) has either spread or gone away. (edit: it hasn't gone away.) But where did this novel coronavirus come from and what can we do to prevent it? Well for starters, we think it originated from some type of animal species and spread through China's infamous wet markets where, like many other markets in Asia, farmed and exotic animals are tied up or stacked in cages to be sold such as jackals, baby ducklings, parakeets, rare sea creatures, yes including the turtles and many more exquisite animal cuisines. Many are killed on-site to ensure freshness.
The name wet market originated from the wet floors constantly being sprayed to wash off excess inedible animal and seafood parts and blood. The markets are considered breeding grounds for new and dangerous infections, health experts say, because the close contact between humans and live exotic animals makes it easier for viruses to jump between species. The SARS virus originated from the same type of market in 2002. Since bats were not sold at the Wuhan market where the virus is believed to have originated, it’s likely another animal sold there was infected and began to spread rapidly in this bacteria prone market.
So what can we do to help slow and eventually stop this pandemic? Well, first wash your hands like everyone is suggesting, it’s the best thing you can do right now to prevent spreading the virus besides social distancing and quarantine/lockdown. And please leave the toilet paper for the people who need it. Only take what you need. If you want to see why you should wash your hands for 20 seconds and how it looks when you don’t then type this link into your browser (or click it) and watch the video Mark Rober did on UV glowing powder in a “fake virus” experiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5-dI74zxPg
In conclusion, I have two things to say. 1, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (don’t worry that’s only how long Fortnite takes to load), And number 2, stop hoarding all the toilet paper. I assure you it will protect you from coronavirus as much as wearing a watermelon helmet in a bike crash. By following these steps, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Oh, and your weird toilet paper pyramid rituals can wait until we find a vaccine.
Viking Post Staff
Traveling With Kennedy
By: Devanie B.
A loving smile, a funny personality, a positive attitude that will make you feel happy on the saddest days, who else would it be then Kennedy Dunn? I just recently met her for the first time, and was able to learn a bit about her.
She's been to 7 countries in Europe, which is crazy but extremely awesome! Her favorite food is pasta because it reminds her of the amazing times with her family that she had in Italy, which is one of the countries she has been to. I hope to one day hear all the stories about all the places she's been too!
When she's older she wants to be a sports reporter, journalist, teacher, or travel around the world taking wonderful pictures to tell a story. The reason Kennedy wants to be a sports reporter is because she loves watching and playing sports. She wants to be a teacher because her mom is one, and she said it sounds fun. But she also loves exploring new places and taking pictures which would be perfect for a travel photographer.
She also has an adorable goldendoodle named Oakley that she spends her long days of online school with. Her biggest regret was not convincing her parents to get her dog sooner, which I bet many of us can relate to.
If you see Kennedy in the halls of North Junior High ask her about her Europe trip and she may just tell you an amazing story.
By: James Miller
Ellery Chasan an 8th grader at North Junior High, she has a fun personality and is nice to anyone she meets. She is currently a student at North Junior High in Boise where she has lived her whole life.
Ellery loves to write and does so as often as she can. She loves to write because it allows her to express her opinions and knowledge on things. “It is an escape from reality ”she said. She likes to write short stories and poems.
Similar to writing, she also loves freedom of dancing. It makes her feel free to express herself. She will dance any style that comes to mind: ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, just to name a few. Another reason why she likes to dance because she loves to compete. She loves the thrill of working 6 months on a routine and performing it in front of hundreds of people
Ellery also loves her cat named Loki, he is a seal bicolor ragdoll, and he is two years old. Her two younger brothers named Max and Sam are in the fifth grade. They are 11 and love to play sports such as soccer and tennis in their free time. Ellery does not play sports, but if you want to call dance a sport she does. She loves to play D&D and design new worlds for her campaigns with her brothers.
As you can see, if you want a very nice and fun friend or someone to roll a few d20s and loot a few dungeons for gold Ellery is the girl to meet.
By: Addison Agler
With her two dogs by her side, she is ready to conquer the world! Olivia Bornman is a nice girl who attends North Junior High. With her busy online schedule, I luckily got a chance to interview her about what her life is all about.
Olivia was born in Boise, Idaho in November of 2006. A few years after she was born, she became a big sister to her little brother Logan. Olivia also has 2 dogs, Millie and Gus. Millie is a Pomeranian and Gus is a golden retriever. She likes to cuddle and take pictures of them. Olivia also went on a Mexico trip a couple of years ago, though she couldn't think of her favorite memories, she said she loved going to the beach.
Her favorite things to do are skiing, playing basketball, swimming, and reading. She plays basketball for the Boise Braves AAU team, and her favorite book genres are fantasy and realistic fiction. She has also been swimming for the Lowell swim team for a couple of years.
Olivia sure is an interesting person! She might seem normal on the outside, but with her love of her dogs and her strength in basketball, she is a great person.
The Viking Post would like to introduce our Viking Post staff. These new recruits and old hands are bringing their creativity, expertise, talents, and unique perspectives to your monthly paper. Keep reading to get to know our members a little better, and take a look next month to meet a few more of recruits!
By: Sean Norton
Beck Lunstrum Nelson is a 9th grade student at North Junior High school who is currently taking Journalism. He was born in Boise, Idaho and during his time here has developed an amazing love for burritos. He has also grown a love for video games, especially MLB the Show 20.
He is very talented at basketball, baseball, and tennis. He is probably the most talented at baseball “since” he is better at batting, he has higher statistics and has played more important positions. In the past he has played little league but recently he has played for the Braves freshman team. His favorite baseball team in the MLB is the New York Mets. He is also very fond of the Houston Rockets in the NBA. His favorite NBA player is Clint Capela, and his favorite MLB player is Jacob Degrom.
He also enjoys drawing, mountain biking and video games,primarily MLB the Show 20. He doesn’t draw much, but he still enjoys it. His favorite place to mountain bike is the military reserve and trails behind Camel’s Back. “I just think that they are fun to ride. It’s exciting and I just like how you can be out in the Boise Foothills, in the scenery”. He doesn't draw much,but he still enjoys it. His favorite place to mountain bike is the military reserve. The craziest thing Beck has done is 2 years ago he was doing a band he put a ton of his teachers hand sanitizer in his hair.
So the next time you need tips on baseball, basketball, or tennis make sure to give him a call or stop by and ask him. That is all about Beck who still has his greatest achievements to come.
By: Noah Jones
This grammar wiz loves It, shopping with her mom, writing, and drawing. Who is she? She is Kailin Meyer.
Kai is a 9th grader who was born in Boise. When asked what her favorite memory was, she said, “I live right next to the foothills at my dads house, and one day me and my siblings went out and ate chives.” Speaking of siblings, Kai has 3. Her sister Rosen and brother Ronen are her younger siblings, and Cadan is her older brother. She doesn’t mind spending time with her siblings either, “Sometimes me and my siblings go to the park because our mom wants us to get exercise.”
Though not a fan of reading, Kai is a stellar writer and has a knack for drawing. Her favorite stories to write are fictional ones, so next time you need a new novel idea and some help with grammar, you should ask Kai.
Kai loves Spring and Fall because of the beautiful colors. She enjoys Halloween because she loves scary things and dressing up. “One year I didn’t go trick or treating with my family ‘cause I thought it would be awkward, so I stayed home with my dog, and I watched It for the hundredth time and ate candy.”
As you can see, Kai is a brilliant young lady who is a fantastic writer, and a person who knows a lot more about writing than the average person. If you are ever struggling with the frustration of writing, you can contact Kai if she isn't busy watching It, or hanging out at the park with her siblings.
The Viking Post Staff
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Meyer, Kai - Editor
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By: Kovi Harrison
If you're looking for a fun person to hang out with you need to meet Amiya Emimile Seglo Sarin. Amiya is a 7th grader at North Jr. High and is an amazing person with a pretty impressive name.
She was born in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 3rd and has two puppies and one sister. Her sister's name is Saumya, and she’s 16 years old. Her two dogs are Tui and Baloo, and they are both 12 weeks old. Currently, she is mad at her sister and likes the dogs better.
Her dad was born in India and her mom was born in Kentucky. Which makes for one amazing culinary combination. Her mom’s pasta salad ranks in the top for her favorite dishes. Her favorite dish of all time is subzi biryani, “My dad introduced it to me and we are friends with the owners of a restaurant that makes really good subzi biryani”.
She is a well traveled person too, she's been to India, France, Italy, New Zealand, China, Florida, Utah, and Massachusetts.She would like to go to Spain in the future and is currently learning Spanish from Mrs. Martello here at North.
A few shows she is into include “The Office”, “Brooklyn 99”, “The Good Place”, and ‘The Gilmore Girls”. Her favorite foods are Kit-Kats, Carmel, and Sabzi Byryani.
So if you're looking for someone who is interesting and fun to hang out with well then Amiya is the person, and if you get the chance you might want to ask her where you can get a good dish of subzi biryani in Boise.
History & Noah
Baseball With Beck
The Writings of Kai
By: Kai Meyer
A knack for vintage things, jazz and classical music, history genius, and future journalist? That’s Noah Jones for you, another brilliant mind in the midst of North Junior High.
13-year-old Noah Jones was born in Boise, Idaho, and this year Noah ventured off to 7th grade at North Junior High hoping to get a lot out of it. Unlike most, Noah seems enthusiastic about some subjects he’ll be learning this year, specifically History and Journalism. When asked why Noah signed up for Journalism he responded with, “When I was little… I used to make newspapers on my own, and when I saw there was a Journalism class I thought it’d be fun.”
While Noah does enjoy Journalism, he also has a thing for history. Noah even stated he enjoys researching history in his own time. When asked what his favorite subject was in history he responded, “I couldn’t decide, but right now I am learning about the American Mafia.” sounds exciting! Other than researching history, Noah can play the piano and is learning Clarinet; he has a certain love for classical and jazz music as well. Noah also enjoys playing with his younger 9-year-old sister, Sophia, and playing basketball.
Although we’re going to be stuck in this virtual world for a little while, Noah already presented himself as a cool guy and someone enjoyable. I’m sure Noah would be eager to make friends this year at North, so if you ever run into him, whether you have the same class or we can finally see each other in the halls, stop by and have a chat about basketball or history!
Amiya Around the World