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 Justin Burkhardt

This year’s homecoming court nominees participated in the Salisbury parade last Friday evening. The parade began at HST at 5:00pm and traveled to the high school at around 6:30pm. Along the route the homecoming court nominees threw candy to the onlookers. The female nominees include: Sarah Bobeck, Katie Rutt, Melinda Rivera, Riley Peters, and Rylee Donaldson. The male nominees include: Jack Frankenfield, Jacob Kamp, Brendan Miller, Delano McKenzie, and Justin Burkhardt. Due to conflict with scheduling for the football game, Jack, Jacob, and Delano will not be participating in the parade. We sat down with Sarah Bobeck, then nominee, to ask questions leading up to the parade, as well as a follow up interview after all of the homecoming festivities. We also sat down with Justin Burkhardt for the same process.

By Haroula Barbounis, Gabriella Lozada, and Gracie Hawkinson

No Place For Hate is selling Refocus Bands and chapsticks for their fundraiser. The Refocus Bands cost $10 apiece. They are only five slots per form, so if you want more than five orders, you have to fill it out again. You must complete your form online. Orders are due Tuesday, October 9th. Orders and money are to be given Ms. DosSantos and Mrs. Kennedy. The bracelets come in numerous colors and patterns. The Refocus Bands have kids sizes as well as adult sizes, and NPFH loves the positive messages on them. They feel that if you have positive thoughts, you can spread on that positivity to others.

By Elizabeth Sirianni

This is the second installment in a series of pieces meant to guide students through the college application process. Follow along for tips, insight, and exclusive interviews with experts.

When it comes to college you may know what you want to major in, but how do you choose which one to go to? There’s a lot of different factors that go into this decision, so whatever elements are most important to you should serve as the guides for selecting a school.