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By Joshua Hong
A lot of people think they know a lot about celebrities. This is a quiz to prove you right or wrong. With a series of questions testing you on unusual facts about these famous bunch, this will make you laugh at these funny facts. The link is below. Please note that you can only submit this form once so you will have to sign into Gmail account to do this.
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By: Lauren Lew & Beatrice Sixt
Recently, the students of A.P. Giannini voted for this year’s student council and senate. In the student council meetings, we mainly discuss what our top priority is, whether it’s an event or what we want to change. Currently, we’re talking about the ways we can make the school better, such as ways of communication and fundraisers. The Student Council meets every Tuesday, and the Senate meets every Thursday, 2-3 times a week. (3 if you are participating in SQUAD week) If you are interested in a position, then you can talk to Ms. J in room 202.
Here are the elected candidates:
6th grade :
President and Vice President: Karina Louie and Lauren Lew
Shadow President and Vice President: Beatrice Sixt and Lauren Lew
President and Vice President: Kai Yeung and Dina Frenkel
Shadow President and Vice: Coco Conner and Violet Maddox
President and Vice President: Nico Schwegler and Jonathan Nguyen
Shadow President and Vice: Lam Tran and Madlen Koteva
8 Chosen by Representatives
8 Chosen by Popular Votes
Congratulations to the winners!
By Beatrice Sixt
Billie O’Connell, also known as Billie Eilish (Eilish is one of her middle names), is a sixteen-year-old alternative pop songwriter and artist. She is currently going on her third tour, called the 1 by 1 tour, to places like San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Chicago on the map. Billie also recently performed at Camp Flog Gnaw, a music festival in LA. But it wasn’t always that way.
She was born in Highland Park, Los Angeles to a family of musicians. In a video interview, she said that she was a dancer and made her own music videos to songs she liked. Her first video on her Youtube channel was a dance video where she did aero arts (which her mom used to teach). Unfortunately, she had an accident which caused her to stop dancing, (I think in an interview with Nardwuar she said that she tore the muscle in her hip from the bone, but don’t quote me on that) and said in an interview that if she never did music, she wouldn’t know where she’d be. Billie works closely with her family. Her brother, Finneas, co-writes and produces her music. She released her breakout hit ocean eyes in 2016 on Soundcloud. After that, she released another song, Six Feet Under, on November 18, later that year. In early 2017, she released an EP with four remixes of ocean eyes. In August of 2017, she released her EP, Don’t Smile At Me. It had 9 songs on it:
It was well received. The 6th song, bellyache, is her second most viewed video on her Youtube channel. She’s also put out some singles lately: a holiday song for an Apple Music commercial called come out and play, a more angsty song called You Should See Me In A Crown, and one of her most popular songs, when the partys over, which has blown up, getting spot #1 on the Youtube trending page. They all are well loved, with You Should See Me In A Crown getting minor criticism for not being her typical sound.
I think Billie is very talented for someone so young. I look forward to seeing what else she does.
You can find her music here:
By Eva Ciobanu and Anya Sleeper Sheppard
A brief history of ice cream:
The ice cream that we know today was once known as "Cream Ice”. Originally, Roman emperor, Nero Claudius Caesar (ruled from 54-68 CE), sent runners into the mountains for snow, which he then flavored with honey, nuts, and fruit toppings. In 1553, France was introduced to similar frozen desserts. But it wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public and appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century.
The Ice Cream Quiz
1. Your best friend has a problem: they need your help to finish an essay that is due tomorrow. But you had already planned to go watch a movie with your mom. Do you help or do you refuse?
a. You paste on a smile and say, “Of course I’ll help you! I wasn’t planning to do anything today anyway!’
b. You say, “Ya, I’ll help you, but only for an hour because I’m seeing a movie with my mom later.”
c. “Why didn’t you do it earlier? You’re always procrastinating. I always do the work the day it’s assigned.”
d. “Ya, sure I’ll help you!” you say, forgetting your previous plans.
e. “Sorry, I can’t. I’m going to see a movie with my mom and I would feel really bad if I didn’t go.”
f. “Of course I’ll help you, let me make some flashcards for you!”
2. On the way to your next class, you spot a fight between two students you recognize. What do you do?
a. You pull out your phone and start recording it while yelling “OMG, I’m sister shook guys!”
b. You run to the nearest teacher to get help.
c. “Teacher! They’re fighting! I would never do such a thing, in fact, I was just doing my extra credit!”
d. You immediately run into the middle of the fight and try to separate the students.
e. You yell at them and watch from the sidelines.
f. You throw your shoes at them to try and get them to stop.
3. You got a D on your last math test but since it’s the end of the year you can’t make it up. How do you react?
a. “That’s ok, at least I didn’t get an F. Besides, that test was hard!”
b. “Come on! My parents are going to be so mad!”
c. “There’s no way I got a D, I have straight A’s, this must be a mistake!”
d. You start to cry and run out of the room.
e. “OMG I can’t believe you gave me a D!” you yell to the teacher.
f. You ask the teacher, “If I help you out with the class and do extra credit, do you think you could raise my grade?”
4. You find a wallet with $100 in it. There is also a name on it, but no contact info. What do you do?
a. You say “Omg I feel so bad for them! But there is no info so I guess I have to keep it.”
b. You bring it to the main office with hopes of the owner finding it.
c. “They should keep track of their stuff better,” you think, leaving it on the ground.
d. Without missing a beat, you stuff it into your pocket and walk away.
e. You want to keep it really badly but you fight the urge and bring it to the main office.
f. You make flyers for the missing wallet and put your number, so the owner can call you.
5. You can only invite three people to your birthday party due to it being at an amusement park, who do you invite?
a. You don’t want to make anyone feel excluded, so you invite some friends from summer camp.
b. You invite your best friends and hope no one feels bad.
c. You invite some friends from the debate team.
d. You only invite people you know will bring good gifts.
e. You invite only your best friends, and don’t care if people feel excluded: ‘It’s your birthday!’
f. You invite some friends that are excluded often, hoping to make feel welcomed for once.
6. For Christmas, you and a group of friends are going to do Secret Santa; you end up with someone who you’re not that close with. What do you do?
a. You get them stuff from the dollar store and hope they’ll like it.
b. You get them a popular YouTuber’s merch that you’ve heard them talk about before.
c. You get them a cool new pencil case and some homemade cookies, obviously your gift is the best.
d. You go to the store, get the first thing you see, and pray they’ll like it.
e. You put a lot of time and effort into getting them a good present.
f. You spend a week making them the perfect homemade gift.
7. You have a big test tomorrow and you aren’t prepared. What do you do?
a. You try to study but you have a breakdown and end up just scrolling through Instagram.
b.You make a groupchat with all your friends in that class and help each other study.
c. You use all your spare time for studying and making flashcards.
d. You decide to study when you get home, but you just end up binging your favorite show. The next day, you plan to cheat and hope you don’t get caught.
e. You and a friend quiz each other until you both feel ready.
f. You make up a catchy song to help you remember everything and you sing it until it’s stuck in your head.
Mostly A’s: You are salted caramel. You are very kind but like to sugarcoat everything, people don’t trust you as much because at times you are fake.
Mostly B’s: You are chocolate. You are loyal, people can trust you with their secrets. But, you also act very basic and follow every trend, no matter how ridiculous.
Mostly C’s: You are butter pecan. You put a lot of effort into your grades and education. This sometimes gets to your head, and people often get annoyed by your cockiness.
Mostly D’s: You are vanilla. Your habits are traditional, but your actions and reflexes are impulsive.
Mostly E’s: You are mint chip. You are very argumentative and won’t back down, but you are also strong willed and people can depend on you.
Mostly F’s: You are pistachio. You are by far the most unique and complex. You have your own way of doing things, and you always find a way to shake things up.
By Calianne Sok & Maya Wakabayashi
Bats are wonderful creatures, unique in their own ways. Their lifestyle is very interesting. Here are some facts and some information about bats. Enjoy!
What Do Bats Eat?
-70% of bats eat insects. Also there are fruit eating bats, nectar eating bats, and carnivorous bats that eat small mammals, such as lizards, frogs, and birds.
-There are also blood sucking vampire bats in South America.
How Many Types of Bats are There?
-There are about 900 species of bats, including the Old World Fruit bat, the Microbat, Indian Flying Fox, (the first image all the way at the top), the Megabat, Natalus, and many more!
-Some bat populations have numbers that go into millions, while other populations are very low.
-Giant flying foxes are a type of bat that live in Indonesia.
Where Do Bats Live?
-Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except for really cold or really hot places.
-Bats make their homes in caves, tree cavities, crevices, and buildings.
-Some species of bats are solitary while others have colonies with up to more than 1,000,000 bats.
-For most bats to survive during the winter, some species migrate, some hibernate, and some go into torpor, which is a state of physical of mental inactivity or lethargy.
What are Bat’s Special Powers?
-Bats have a very good sense of hearing; they hear sounds from sound waves bouncing off of other objects to see how far or close they are, which they can do in a split second. It is also known as echolocation.
Here are Some Interesting Facts...
-The Palaeochiropteryx (pal-ee-oh-ky-rop-ter-iks) is one of the oldest bats known. It is sadly now extinct. (There is an image of the skeleton on the left)
-Bats are the only mammal that can actually fly.
-A group of bats is called a colony.
-For the size that bats are, they are the slowest reproducing mammals on the planet.
Try to do this whole quiz without looking at the text! Also they are not in order of the text.
(The answers are at the bottom.)
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing the 2018
Significant differences were seen in one of the most highly anticipated and crucial elections in history. The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, women seized 98 seats in the House of Representatives, and Republicans retained the Senate majority. The Democrats’ strategy was to recruit candidates that were at one point in time considered out of line for the position. That included many female candidates. The strategy was successful in turning out House voters as a record number of women will be sworn in next year. Democrat Beto O’Rourke is widely credited for a surprisingly well-run campaign. O’Rourke ran in a tight race for Texas senator. Although he did not see victory, O’Rourke’s campaign was focused on identifying new voters and refused to run negative ads. Republican Ted Cruz beat O’Rourke by a small margin, not significant enough to doubt O’Rourke’s political future. O'Rourke has shown that a progressive Democrat can mount a serious challenge in a previously red state. He has brought in thousands of first-time voters, among them many Latinos and millennials. Most surprisingly is the fact that he did this while refraining from negative attacks and staying true to his inclusive values.
Overall, this midterm election has shown a Democratic wave that may have the power to destabilize the Republican majority seen in 2018. The Democrats took back the House and won in traditionally red states. This shows a possibility of change and a change of results in the 2020 presidential election.
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