Resolution Chaos

Written by: Hannah Paez Bermudez

Resolutions are a weird thing. We love to make them, but mostly never finish them. 80% of people break their resolutions by February. So, today I asked students at Barbara Bush, about their resolutions, and if they have broken it, or if they actually plan on completing it.

The first person I asked was a student named Luci, and their resolution was “to learn a new language.” They elaborated that they were learning Norwegian because their parents suggested it and said it would be nice. They said they “want to learn many more languages,” so they want to start small. I’d say that’s a pretty dang cool resolution!

Another student I asked was a student named Makaiya Cheshier. Her resolution was “to be nice to people”. She explained that she tended to get very irritated very easily with people, and that she wished to be more calm. This feels like a wonderful resolution to have!

The last student I asked was a girl named Preszley. Preszley said that her resolution was to “play soccer”. She said that she “really didn’t do resolutions, but wanted to try and see if she could do one.”  She decided to try soccer because she liked to run and decided it would be good to try a new sport. It also helps staying healthy, so that’s a win-win in my opinion!

So, we can see that a lot of people have a lot of similar resolutions, but all could be watered down to, “Learn something new”, “Be a better person”, and “Stay healthy/exercise”. The problem is that a lot of people don’t fulfill their resolutions!

A solution I propose is that when you make a resolution, try to make it more specific! Instead of saying “Do exercise”, try “Run 10 minutes every other day”. It makes a big challenge seem like a small one, and helps you get started and helps to be much more consistent! Also, a good tip for doing resolutions, don’t worry if you miss a day or accidentally miss a week or something. Maybe you forgot to go to the gym yesterday? Don’t sweat it, remember that no one is perfect and you’re more than likely to miss a few days. The important part is to move on and keep going. Don’t use that missed day as an excuse for quitting completely!

Looking Forward in 2022


Written by: Noelani Janey

      New years is the perfect time for fresh starts and resolutions. I decided to interview Christopher Washington, an eighth grade student at Bush Middle School. When I was first assigned this article, I instantly thought of Christopher and was curious to see his response. I asked him about his goals, hopes, and what he was excited for in 2022 and highlights of 2021.

      While asking him about one of his goals, I was sure he would say something related to skateboarding, I was correct. He stated he wanted to “progress more in skateboarding.” He went on to talk about how he wants to practice and skate more. He also wants to “be able to do some new tricks by the end of 2022.”

      I also asked him about his hopes. He stated he wanted to “meet new people” and “go to highschool at Reagan.” He continued saying he’s wanting to make new friends and memories at Reagan.

      While talking, he seemed very optimistic and excited for 2022, he told me that he was most excited about Reagan. I understand his excitement , I’m also very excited to go to highschool. Reagan is a great school and lots of people I know feel lucky for the opportunity to attend. I am confident future rattlers will have an amazing experience. 

      Chris is obviously very excited for high school and making memories. He’s looking forward to the future and focusing on the positive knowing there may also be downs. We should all have this attitude for this year, the next, and the one after that.

All Aboard Among Us

By: Vincent Wentink

Ever heard of Among Us? Of course, you have, this game racks up 68 million daily players, and has 100+ million downloads. Why is this game so popular you may ask? People find the gameplay very exciting; it gets lots of influence from celebrities and youtubers, and it’s available on different gaming platforms. One thing that can make a game popular is the type of gameplay infused within it. People love Among Us because it’s almost like a murder mystery, and there are different strategic ways to play the game. You’re either the Impostor or the crewmate depending on what the game gives you, and you work with it to pull off the victory. Not only that, but the game contains different accessories including pets, outfits, and hats that you can use for your avatar.

The game is so enjoyable, it even attracts celebrities such as our own US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who streamed herself playing. It gets even more hype from Youtube sensations such as PewdiePie, Mr.Beast, and Ninja. This attracts viewers on different streaming platforms like Twitch and Youtube. In fact, Among Us averages around 80 thousand viewers on Twitch a day.
The reason why the game has hit the number of players that it has is because of its availability. Among us is not only available on PC, but a platform also where millions of gamers play every day. But it’s available on IOS and Android which are owned by over 300 million people in the US today. This makes it much easier to get its hands on and the reason why we see so many people playing this game.

As the game has seen a slight decrease in popularity, there’s still a very good chance that it will flourish due to the exciting gameplay, celebrity influence and the availability. I feel Among Us will stay a popular game and continue to thrive as time goes on.

Love the Earth

By: Audrey Gonzalez
Do you care about the animals and plants on the earth? Do you care about your own life and living it? Do you care that all these things won’t exist without the planet that we live on? Do you care that because of us earth and all the things on it are going to go extinct if we don’t start loving and taking care of this lovely planet we get to live on? Because you should. Earth provides all the things we need to have to be able to be alive. Earth is one of the few things we can leave behind for future generations, and we might not even be able to have those generations because we might not have an earth. Earth is a living thing and it doesn’t deserve to die. Earth loves you, you should love it back.

Earth is one of the few things we can leave behind for future generations. Earth is like one very big family heirloom, and we wouldn’t want to lose such an important thing. Losing earth means losing future generations and their possible geniuses. If we start loving and taking care of earth now then future generations have the chance to, not only be alive, but to be the generation of technology and cures.

Earth is a living thing and doesn’t deserve to die. Earth, just like you, is alive and would like to stay that way, treat earth the way you would want to be treated. Don’t throw your trash on the floor like it’s no big deal, because it is. Not only is littering illegal, but it is also bad for the environment. Don’t pollute the air by smoking or vaping. Not only is smoking/vaping bad for the earth because of air pollution, but it is bad for the person doing it and the people around said person.

Earth provides all the things we need to have to be able to be alive. Earth provides the food we eat, the air we breathe, the materials for the clothing we wear, and the houses we live in. Earth is a mother to all people and things. Without earth we will be non-existent. Earth just wants to be loved and live, and she wants you to live too. Earth cares for us we should return the favor, so next time you see trash pick it up and throw it away, do anything, even the little things count. The earth loves you, you should love her back.