Friday, April 20, 2018

March Madness

Garet Jones
Christian Eames

March Madness
This year's NCAA tournament has had many upsets. In the first round, as you may know,
#16 UMBC beat #1 Virginia which is the first time ever in NCAA tournament history a 16 seed
has beat a 1 seed. #3 Arizona lost to #13 Buffalo, #6 Miami lost to #11 Loyola Chicago,
#4 Wichita State lost to#12 Marshall, and #6 TCU lost to #11 Syracuse(a  play in team). Loyola-Chicago
surprised everyone by being the Cinderella team in the tournament making it to the final four. The final four
teams were, Loyola-Chicago, Kansas, Villanova, and Michigan. Michigan defeated Loyola 69-57 advancing to
the championship game at the Alamodome, in  San Antonio, Texas. Villanova defeated Kansas 95-79. Villanova went
on to win the tournament 79-62 against the Michigan Wolverines. Donte DiVincenzo had a terrific game scoring 31 points.
He won the NCAA MOP for the championship game.

                Bracket Link
Image result for 2018 final four alamodome
San Antonio Express-News

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Anxiety is Real

  1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  2. "he felt a surge of anxiety"

Anxiety isn't what you all think it is. You usually think of it as being something that can go away or could fix. Yes, There are different ways you could calm yourself down or you could get your mind off of it.

The eyes of a person with Anxiety:
Why is so important to talk about:
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.

                                                                     Our Story

I am not a freak. At least I hope you don’t think that. I just have general Anxiety. I am NOT  over dramatic, over emotional or a FREAK !
I dont think and act the way a normal person would. I get very nervous over the smallest things. But I am still human. I wish people would understand that I do not just start crying just because I want attention. I cry because that is the way I deal with my emotions. I hope maybe this perspective can help you understand. This is not an excuse!

                                             By: Caitlyn Ellison & Kennedy Goldston

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


To all my nerds, gamers, and all you people like you out there, I hear you!  I am a true nerd and a pretty decently skilled gamer. To the crowd above, and most all of you in this school, this topic is going to be very familiar to you, so stop me if you’ve heard this one.  I'm going to give you all a brief type of guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale. After games like H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out, Fortnite decided to jump on the Battle Royale train, and Fortnite: Battle Royale was created in under two weeks.  Fortnite originally started as a fun, fort-crafting game in which “The Storm” caused 98% of the world’s population to disappear. You would guide the remaining population to “Save the World,” as the gamemode is now called. It was a fun, co-op, PvE survival game.  You would basically find guns and schematics, build said guns, shoot zombies, then go to the next world and shoot more zombies. A few months later, these players turned these guns against each other in the wildly entertaining Fortnite: Battle Royale.  Battle Royale has players jumping out of the Battle Bus, skydiving down to the island where players can choose to land in one of many places.  The objective once you land is to loot as much as you can without getting outplayed. Of course, it’s not a game you can just be immediately perfect at.  If you want to get better at Fortnite, you will have to play it.  A LOT. If you want to quickly get better with your coordination,  go to Tilted Towers. A lot of people will land here, and it may seem intimidating, but it will pay off.  Your coordination will improve, your aiming will be better, and you won’t choke as much. The downside is that many people will come there, and you can get intimidated.  If you get too intimidated, you can get in the bad mindset like you are going to fail, and then you actually WILL fail.  Tilted is a risk, but it can pay off if you play in Squads, where you have 3 people to fall back on.  Or, you can play solo, and it can do the same thing dropping in Tilted does, helps your coordination an aim, and getting “in the zone.”  On to some tips. When you start, jumping off of the bus, there will be a few people that jump off at the very first chance they get. This can help if you want to improve, but a lot of people will jump off and go wherever is the closest. If you want to start peacefully, pull up your minimap, see where the bus is going, and jump where you feel is going to be a good place to start.  When and if you get to mid game, you may hear a chime, and it will get louder if you look at it. This is a Supply Drop. These give you good loot, but are highly contested. Go and build walls around it, and open it. There are similar items to these, called Supply Llamas, and they give WAAAAAAY more. These llamas give 500 Wood, Stone, and Iron, and a bunch of ammo. Make sure to open any you find, because only 3 spawn in per game.  When you reach endgame, make a base. Simply put 4 walls, then jump and put down a staircase. Repeat this as much as you like, and make sure to make it out of metal. After you do this, build a floor over the stairs, and edit a pyramid to fill in the gaps, and use it to peek out and see if anyone is there. You can also be a “bush wookie,” and hide in a bush. When they peek out, take a shot and hope it hits its mark. Once you get that sweet Victory Royale, you will be awarded with The Umbrella, effectively turning you into Mary Poppins.
Once you’ve gotten your first win, let me tell you, it feels AMAZING!  I was dancing around my basement.
Fortnite uses the same tier colors as Destiny, so if you’re familiar with that tier system, you’ll be fine.  If not, the tier system goes…

On March 28th, as I am writing now, we have gotten some new stuff and some pretty cool adjustments to the game.  Battle Royale now has a Guided Missile, which functions similarly to the Rocket Launcher, except the player can control the rocket.  The player has the camera detached from the character and the camera attaches to the rocket. The player has the option to detach from the rocket and it will continue straight on the path it was on.  The Grenade Launcher has been reskinned, and it is now the Egg Launcher. There was also some tweaks to the entire Battle Royale gamemode, and the Egg Launcher became a standalone weapon in Save the World.
Just so you know, this is basically patch notes now, and you can expect me to do either bimonthly or monthly patch notes.  I don't know which one I’m going to do, but anyways, last Wednesday, at the time of this writing, April 4th, we got Vending Machines, which will give you one of three items of the color of the Vending Machine in exchange for a set amount of materials.  Gray Vending Machines cost 100 of a specified material, green cost 200, blue are 300, purple are 400, and gold are 500. The new Limited Time Mode High Explosives V2 has been introduced, only containing explosive weapons. That’s about all for that patch.
Patch 3.5.0 was released on Wednesday, containing a new item, the Port-A-Fort.  This grenade-type weapon comes in only one, but has stacks of five. Throw it down, and it makes a fort beneath you.  A new questline has been added into Save the World, with the new Cyberpunk heroes and the new Neon weapons.  Make sure to check back next Wednesday for news on if the meteor you may have seen or heard of actually hits the hotspot, Tilted Towers, and the patch notes.  See you next week!
Catch you on the Battle Bus!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Villalobos Rescue Center

Avery Willard
Cornerstone Chronicles

Villalobos Rescue Center

Villalobos is a rescue center for dogs in Louisiana. In my opinion, it is probably the most amazing rescue center in the country. It houses over 300 pitbulls and unlike other shelters, Villalobos doesn’t euthanize their dogs if they don’t get adopted, they keep them. It is run by Tia Morenaz. A mother, boss, and a hero to dogs. Alongside her are her two daughters, Tanai and Mariah. She also has two sons, Moe and Kanani.
Her workers aren’t your typical volunteers. They are parolees. Just like the pitbulls she believes that parolees should also get a second chance. As Tia quotes, “Most families make memoirs and bond during vacation and at home, but our family makes memories and bond when working each day the rescue center.” Most people think that she is biased because she only rescues pit bulls, but that is not true. Tia rescues any breed of dog, but most of the time they get rescue calls about stray pitbulls. She even rescues cats. Tia dedicates her life to helping animals and making sure that they get the forever home that they deserve. They put a lot of money, sweat, blood, and tears into this organization. She never says no to a rescue call even if it meant her driving to the other side of the country. She would still do it. Tia is definitely my hero and a hero to animals. “My mission is my rescue, but my hope is that one day, I won’t have too.”  (Tia Morenaz)

If you are interested in adopting an animal, I would recommend choosing one from Villalobos Rescue Center.

4525 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Go to to view dogs ready for adoption and learn about how you can be a part of their impact too.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DIY Playdough

Lily Walker & Ava Schoone
DIY Playdough
March 23, 2018
How To Make DIY Playdough

How We Made Our DIY Playdough

Ava made her DIY playdough using body lotion, cornstarch, and food coloring. First she placed her cornstarch in a large bowl. Then she mixed in the lotion with the cornstarch. Once all of that was in her bowl she mixed it until it came together. Once it was together she added her food coloring. According to Ava, her playdough turned out very smooth but it needed more lotion as she went. Also, to keep the playdough from drying up, it needs to stay in a sealed container.
Lily made her DIY playdough using shaving cream, cornstarch, and paint. First she mixed together shaving cream and cornstarch making sure they were equal in amount. Then she kneaded it together until it formed a playdough like texture. Some tips to make it more like playdough according to her is if your playdough is too sticky add cornstarch and if it is too dry add shaving cream.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Short Story: Welcome to Freakshow - Part 2

Cole was about to throw another punch at me when suddenly a loud roar came from behind use.
When I looked up at Cole’s face he was frozen in fear. His two friends that were holding me dropped me, turned to see
what was behind them, and ran.
They all ran, everyone who was around us and even Cole ran. When I finally stood up and turned around, I saw a giant monster
standing right in front of me.
It had glowing red eyes, was about six feet tall, was completely black almost like a shadow, a large smile filled with sharp teeth, horns,
ears that looked like cat ears but longer and larger, sharp claws, and long legs. I was so scared, I couldn’t move.
Though my mind the only thing I was thinking was I am going to die. It came closer to me and was just staring at me.
Then suddenly a bright light came around the monster and I covered my face with my hands.
When I removed my hands, there standing in front of me was the boy that I saw on the way to school in the morning.
“You ok, kid? Sorry for the fright.” He said as he came closer to me
Right when I was about to say something I passed out in the middle of the field. When I woke up I was in this weird looking tent-like thing
you would see at a circus except smaller.
I was laying on a bed that was surrounded by two sheets attached to poles. One on each side like something you would see in a hospital.
As I sat up I saw that my shirt was gone.
So you can guess that I immediately freaked out. As I was having a mini meltdown, the guy that had saved me came around one of the sides
of the sheet and yelled “He’s awake.”
He came closer and said “You ok? Those guys gave a good beating to you,” He handed me my shirt as I stood up, “Hey Rose, are you
going to come in here or not?”
“ I’m coming, I just had to get my medicine for injuries.” A girl came around the corner carrying a tray of  bottles and cotton.
She had blonde hair, green eyes, was wearing green leggings, green shoes, and a dress that was pink with a green belt and the
shoulders of the dress rounded with green.
As she came closer I saw that she had  vines wrapped around her arms all the up to her wrists.
She sat on the bed and started to clean up a cut I had on my forehead,“How are you, Tomis brot you about four hours ago and
you were in pretty bad shape  I
tried to heal you with my healing plants but it wasn’t working so I had to find some of a special kind of medicine.”
“How are you guys? where am I ? What happened?” I exclaimed as I pushed her off of me and got off the bed.
“ Calm down kid, I’m Tomis and this is Rose.” He walked around the bed and came up close to me.
“Your in the Freakshow backstage area.” Rose stud up and walked over to where Tomis was standing.
She whispered something to him, he nodded, and she ran off. I had know idea where she went but after a few minutes she came back with a boy  and a
guy that was definitely not human. He had four arms, was very tall, had bright red eyes, he had fur all over his body, and sharp teeth.The boy that came
back with rose looked like her brother or something he had reddish-pink eyes, a green leotard, pink belt, and blonde hair.
“Kid, this is the ringmaster David, and the boy is Roses older brother Oak.”Tomis said.
“Look my name isn’t kid, it’s Ben, Ben Aris,” I said will backing up into the wall, “ Can someone please tell me where I am and how I got here!”
“We told you before your in The freakshow Living area, and Tomis brought you here after you fell unconscious from your fight with those guys.”
Rose walked in front of Tomis and grabbed my hand.  
“Here I’ll show you around, Rose, tomis, Oak you guys go get ready for your acks.” David exclaimed as everyone else left.
David walked up to me and said “Follow me”
“ You see the reason you were brought here is because you are different.” we walked around the circus area.
“Yea, I know it’s because of my green eyes and silver streak in my hair.” I was trying not to sound scared.
“That’s not what I mean, You have a gift you haven’t noticed it but it’s the reason your eyes and hair are like that,” we stopped at a tent and went
inside, “I can’t explain it to you but maybe he can.”...

To Be Continued

DIY Egg White and Lemon Juice Face Mask!

Diy Egg  White and Lemon Juice  Face Mask!!
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Lemon ( juice )
  • Makeup brushes  
  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Moisturizer
  • Tissue paper
  1. Collect all and only the egg whites into a bowl
  2. Add one TEAspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the egg white
  3. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice very thoroughly
  4. Use a CLEAN makeup brush and apply the mask to your skin
  5. Press tissue paper on the mask to keep it in place
  6. Apply another layer of the mask
  7. After the mask dries, peel it off slowly. The dirt and blackheads will come off with the mask
  8. Wash your skin with warm water and DAB it dry
  9. Apply a light moisturizer
 And tada you’re done and pimple, blackhead, and whitehead free!     

Link to the instructional video: