Salisbury’s Super Students is a recurring column on the Falcon Courier that showcases some of the amazing things that our students accomplish and the amazing young adults they are becoming. For more installments of Salisbury’s Super Students stay updated on the Falcon Courier website.

By Patrick To

Did somebody say freshmen? No. Nobody ever does, but in this special installment of the Salisbury Super Students, we are featuring our very own freshman, Andrew Hines. Many of you have probably never heard this name before because he is actually a new student to the Salisbury School District. He’s always lived in the township, but this is first year attending a Salisbury school.

By Gabriella Lozada

Embrace your Wellness

This week’s installment: Osteopenia

This weekend my wonderful grandparents were visiting us.  In April of 2006 my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, after treatment and a surgery in June of 2006, she claimed the title of breast cancer survivor! Later she was diagnosed with Osteopenia. For this week’s edition, I interviewed my grandma about her disease. Osteopenia is a bone disease that thins one’s bones. This disease is the beginning of Osteoporosis. After her surgery, she refused to take any medication because of the side effects that it causes. She decided to naturally heal herself. The medication said “may help build bone mass” but it was not a guarantee; she was afraid of the side effects and the problems that they can cause throughout the body. She said, “Why in the world would you take something that can through your body out of whack?” The medicine may help you but it can also hurt you. My grandma opted to take calcium supplements instead of the medication they offered her. The doctors were not happy that she refused to take the medicine; they warned her that when the disease sat in, the progression of the bone thinning is rapid. “They don’t like it and you know what… it’s your body and you do what’s best for you.” However, they offered advice for natural ways to heal her disease.

By Haroula Barbounis

One of the most popular and influential books this year and last year has been Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, which has recently turned into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg. It touches on many significant issues we have today, such as racism and police brutality. A best-seller, it talks about a girl named Starr Carter who copes with many hardships in her life, such as fitting in at her rich white prep school and balancing that with her life at home in her low-income black neighborhood. This alone is relatable in everyday life, when trying to balance two completely different lives. She witnesses her best friend from childhood get shot by a police officer, even though her friend was unarmed. As Starr deals with the emotional trauma, she must decide if she will speak out about her friend’s undeserved death.

By Haroula Barbounis

If you are in love with romantic comedies, then you will love To All the Boys I Loved Before. The main character Lara Jean Covey, played by actress Lana Condor, writes five love letters, one for every boy she’s ever loved, which includes the most popular boy in her grade and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. That alone just tells us how messy this situation could get if these were ever read. Now, Lara Jean has no intention of sending her letters and keeps them in a hatbox in her closet. However, one day, the letters somehow get sent, and they turn Lara Jean’s life upside down.

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By Kyle Strubeck

Apple began as a startup in the garage of Steve Jobs. Steve Wozniak would go on to create the Apple 1, a computer whose primary objective was to optimize space. Ever since then, advancements in technology allowed engineers to shrink their products. From the Apple 1 to the Macintosh, to the first iPhone and iPods, it seemed like smaller was the future. However, after the invention of the iPhone, luxury took the place of convenience, and they began to grow in size again. The first iPhone measured at 4.5×2.4 inches. Today, Apple’s newest product, the iPhone Xs, measures at 6.2×3.1 inches. Along with the increase in size, there are a few more additions to the new version of the familiar product.