Upcoming Marvel Movies and TV Series

By: Colleen Bailey

Marvel Studios has been busy with five new movies and TV series to be released in the next six months. With that said, we have a lot to catch up on concerning the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since July 2021, the movies Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have opened in theaters. The releases of Wandavison, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki on Disney+ have been big hits in previous months. The viewing of these Phase Four Marvel installments may be imperative before seeing any of the new movies and TV series below.

Eternals

Introducing a new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals opened in theaters on November 5th. The Eternals are protectors of the Earth against their evil counterparts, the Deviants. The movie takes place after Avengers: Endgame, during a phenomenon caused by the sudden return of half of the world’s population. These cosmic superheroes are played by Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, and more. In addition to the main cast, Harry Styles was recently announced to play Thanos’ brother in the post-credit scene. Chloe Zhao, a two-time Oscar winner, directed and wrote Eternals and is expected to bring her own signature style to the movie.

Hawkeye

This TV mini-series starring Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, and Florence Pugh will be released on November 24th, 2021 on Disney+. The show is set after Avengers: Endgame in New York City during the holiday season. Clint Barton is attempting to return home for Christmas when he is interrupted by Yelena Belova. The post-credit scene of Black Widow reveals Yelena’s new mission: to kill Hawkeye. To overcome this threat, Clint will team up with teenager and fellow archer Kate Bishop. Despite the dire preface, the show is said to be festive and in the Christmas spirit.

Spiderman: No Way Home

On December 17th, Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Benedict Cumberbatch will bless the silver screen in Spiderman: No Way Home. The movie is set about a year after Avengers: Endgame and shortly after Spiderman: Far from Home. Following the public revelation of Spiderman’s identity, Peter Parker goes to Doctor Strange for a favor. He asks Strange to restore his secret identity using his mystic powers. While Doctor Strange is performing the spell, Peter has second thoughts and interrupts Strange. As a result, the magic is faulty and the multiverse breaks. Through the shifting and mixing of reality, previous Spidermen — played by Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield — will appear throughout the movie.

Ms. Marvel

In late 2021, the Marvel series following Kamala Khan will be released on Disney+. Kamala is a Muslim Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who has the power to stretch and morph her body in any way imaginable. Before coming into her powers, she was a huge superhero fan and especially of Carol Danvers, hence the pseudonym of Ms. Marvel. The series will follow her relationships and daily trials while she is figuring out who she is. Iman Vellani will reprise the role of Kamala in February 2023 in the second Captain Marvel movie, The Marvels.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wandavision, and Loki, Doctor Strange’s continued research on the time stone is interrupted by a friend-turned-enemy. This rivalry will cause Strange to unleash evil into the multiverse. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Strange alongside co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Wong. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on May 6th, 2022.

Cary High’s Alma Mater Performed for the First Time in Over 50 Years

By: Alexis Cope

On Friday, October 22nd, the Cary High Marching Band and Concert Chorus performed the school’s Alma Mater for the first time in over 50 years. 

The chorus—which included members of the football team, cheerleading squad, and band—performed alongside the band before the start of the school’s final home game of the season. They sang the national anthem, and then, after a brief introduction from Mr. Chris Foster, Cary High’s band director, the Alma Mater.

On the subject, Mr. Ed Yasick, Cary High’s choral director and Fine Arts Chair, writes: 

“Over these many years we knew the words to the Alma Mater, but not the tune.  This summer, as Mr. Foster was researching information about the 100th anniversary of the band, he found an article that said the Cary High School Alma Mater was sung to the tune of ‘Over the Summer Sea,’  which is ‘La Donna e mobile’ from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.”

With this newly acquired information, Mr. Yasick and Mr. Foster were able to arrange a four-part harmony to the lyrics, which read: 

“Cary! here’s love to thee, 

And we will ever be

Filled with true loyalty 

And with devotion.

Long we will ever claim 

The blessings of thy name,

And may thy spirit reign 

From crest to ocean.

Fond hearts entwining, 

Cease all repining,

Near us is shining

Cary’s bright smile.”

Mr. Yasick and Mr. Foster plan to use the Alma Mater from this point forward to open significant events such as football games and concerts. They hope the song will never be lost again and can become a long-standing tradition for the school once more.

Fair Food Ratings From a Picky Eater

By: Lelani Williamson

Everytime the fair comes around, I don’t know if I’m more eager to eat the food or ride the rides. You simply cannot go to the fair without trying something, but as a picky eater I tend to only eat the simple foods. This year I decided to try some riskier things, so here’s me rating everything I tried…. 

Fried Oreos: ⅗

I’ll admit I was very skeptical of these despite all the praise they recieve. And I was pleasantly surprised — they weren’t horrible! They taste a lot like a funnel cake with chocolate on top. It was pretty good but nothing mind blowing. 3 out of 5 stars. 

Chicken Pita: ⅖

I have to admit that I did ask them to take off tomatoes and onions because I cannot stand those foods. No worries, though; taking those things off wouldn’t change the taste of the whole thing. As a whole it was pretty dry. The chicken just lacked flavor but the pita was really good. I’ll still give it a 2 out of 5 stars. 

Philly Cheese Steak: ⅘ 

Not only did this look good but it tasted good too. The cheese melted perfectly and the bread that it was on was literally perfect. The steak was seasoned well and overall it was just a top tier philly cheese steak, I would definitely recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Lemonade: ⅘ 

I know this is a drink, but you cannot go to the fair and not get a lemonade. Fair lemonade is often hyped up and with good reason. It’s made with fresh lemons and they actually put enough sugar in it for me. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars. 

Cotton Candy: 5/5

Cotton candy is a food that you would think would be good everywhere. However, this is rarely the case, and many places have horrible cotton candy that tastes like pure food coloring. The fair did not disappoint, though; their cotton candy was so good as it always is. 5 out of 5 stars.

Corn in a cup: ⅘

Although I originally went to the churro for just that, I saw this corn on the menu and I knew I had to get it. It’s corn in a cup with Taki dust, cheese, and mayo on top. As a picky eater of course I got it without mayo, but it didn’t take away any of the flavor. I was so glad I got it instead of a plain churro as it was so good! 4 out of 5 stars.

Cotton Candy Ice Cream: 5/5

Fair ice cream stands always have the largest pictures of this perfect looking ice cream so of course I had to get one and put it to the test. It looked just as good as the picture did! The cotton candy taste actually came through so well. It was honestly some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5 stars.

The 2021 Costume Craze

By: Avery Phillips

Ladies, gentlemen, ghouls, and vampires — it’s time to welcome the arrival of the best season: fall! The aromatic scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple fill the air, the leaves transform into an array of warm colors, and the daydream of cozying up under a blanket becomes commonplace for students in the 2000 building. Of course, the main highlight of the fall season is Halloween, the special day where one can sport anything from a sheet to a Shrek costume and passing strangers won’t blink an eye. This year, Halloween will be celebrated to the fullest to make up for last year’s flop of a Halloween.

Celebrating Halloween to the fullest can’t be done without a costume, and this year’s trends will be very different from those of 2019. If you’re a trend follower who’s questioning what’s popular this Halloween, or, rather, someone who wants to avoid dressing the same as three other people, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s jump into my predictions for this year’s most popular Halloween costumes. 

Squid Game Costumes

The Netflix show, Squid Game, was ranked number one in 90 countries and is listed as one of Netflix’s most watched series of all time. The show’s popularity is unquestionable, and since the show gained this immense popularity in the weeks leading up to Halloween, Squid Game costumes are sure to be seen. The costume itself is extremely easy to create; all that is needed is a teal tracksuit, a white shirt, and a number cut out of paper or felt. The popularity of the show and the simplicity of the outfit creates a perfect formula for a trendy Halloween costume. 

Marvel Themed Costumes

Marvel movies are always a Halloween hit, and 2021 added another hero to the list. The long-awaited Black Widow was finally released in July and Black Widow’s costume is readily available in almost every costume store. As expected, all Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Panther will continue to be prevalent in the costume world.

Fairy Costumes

In the past year, a “fairy aesthetic” has emerged in several social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Makeup artists and fashion enthusiasts have created looks inspired by fairies, with some creations reaching millions of views. Additionally, the trend of creating iridescent wings out of cellophane and wire has gained popularity, allowing teenagers to fulfill their childhood fairy dreams. The fairy costume carries lots of flexibility in its execution, can often be made cheaply with materials at home, and is able to be worn in both a fun and beautiful way. 

Corset-Incorporated Costumes

Similar to fairy costumes, corsets have gained popularity on social media in the past year. Corsets can be incorporated into a wide range of costumes, making its versatility appealing to those who are looking for a way to upgrade their Halloween look. Corsets will most likely be seen in pirate, angel/devil, and early 1800’s Bridgerton-style costumes. 

Disney Princess Costumes

Though Disney princesses are always a go-to, princess costumes may have a rise in popularity this year. During quarantine, many people spent their free time rewatching old childhood favorites. The revival of Disney princess memories will be reflected in this year’s Halloween costumes, as many people have revisited their connection with their old idols. 

Happy Halloween!

UNC-Chapel Hill Provides “Wellness Day” in Response to Mental Health Crisis on Campus

By: Gabby LeBron

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Over the past two years, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased acknowledgment of mental health issues in our country. As our mental health crisis boomed, therapists and counselors became inaccessible to students. According to research by the American Psychological Association, therapists are currently taking more clients than ever before and even being forced to turn some potential clients away. This has had a detrimental effect on our North Carolina community, especially for students. 

This past weekend there were two reported suicide attempts on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. In response to this devastating news, UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced that classes were canceled on Tuesday the 12th to observe a mental health day. 

“I encourage every student to use this time to rest and to check in with each other during that day”, Guskiewicz said in a public statement from Sunday. “Reach out to a friend, a classmate, or colleague and ask them, ‘honestly, how are you doing?’” 

The mental health day is accompanied by other efforts from the university, such as increased availability from the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Guskiewicz also introduced a campus-wide mental health awareness campaign, the Heels Care Network, which will debut in a few weeks. 

However, some students insist that these measures are too little, too late. Students have been asking for mental health and wellness days since the beginning of this school year. According to WRAL, some UNC-Chapel Hill students planned a protest on Wednesday to urge the university to preemptively provide more adequate mental health resources to prevent future crises. Students are also stressing the inadequacy of counseling services on campus, saying CAPS needs improvement before it can be effective. In addition, parents held a rally Thursday on the campus to support students and raise suicide awareness. 

Cary High’s Fall Play, 12 Angry Jurors, opens Wednesday!

By: Sam Bryant, Aidan Price, and Gabby LeBron 

This time of year brings one of our favorite Cary High traditions – the fall play! This year’s performance, 12 Angry Jurors, features 16 of our talented students in the cast.  

For those of you unfamiliar with the play, 12 Angry Jurors displays the duty given to twelve vastly different citizens: to decide the fate of a young man tried for muder. This timeless play depicts the twelve jurors going head to head against each other in order to come to a just decision. Each juror shows a range of belligerence, composure, and extreme prejudice. With tensions rising, will they deem the boy guilty or is there a reasonable doubt? 

Last week, we took the time to interview some of the cast members about their favorite parts of the play and the challenges they’ve encountered. Many noted how nice it was to finally be able to perform for the first time in over a year. Liam Vaughn, the stage manager of the theater department, shared his excitement for that aspect of the show: “I can’t wait to finally see the looks on people’s faces for the first time in two years when they watch an actor do something really cool… I haven’t seen someone’s face go ‘oh MAN’ in a really long time.” Katie Broughton, who plays Juror 10, is also happy to be back and adds that “getting to see everyone back in rehearsal to begin with has been one of the predominant highlights [of the production].” 

12 Angry Jurors has indeed been an exciting way for the cast to return to the stage. “This show has definitely been my favorite because it feels so inclusive,” shares Sam Bryant (Juror 8). The show, which is officially titled 12 Angry Men, has been altered to include actors of all genders rather than an all-male cast. 

However, performing again for the first time in months can have its challenges. Evan Szypulski describes the most challenging part of playing his role of Juror 4: 

“Ultimately, just the language. Not only was this play from the 1950s, but this guy was a smart guy from the 1950s, so his language is not only out of date but it’s so specific… sometimes in acting if you get across the main idea of a phrase then it works fine but since this character is so analytical and fact oriented that if I waver just a bit from the script itself then it can change the audience’s expectations and understanding of the entire story.”

The production has also allowed for interesting dynamics between cast members. “One of the first things I said to our director about this show was that I am looking forward to clashing with Sam Bryant,” says Aidan Price (Juror 3), a senior in the show.  “I would say me and Sam have a very close friendship, and I’ve never been upset at him, so getting to yell at him it’s so interesting to me. I also get to aggressively stare at him for the whole show.”

At the end of the day, however, being back on stage has led to more cast bonding. “It’s a much smaller cast than a lot of the other things I’ve done,” adds Serena Price (Juror 11), “so I think that makes us more tight knit.” Lillie Jessee (Juror 2) agrees and fondly says, “I love the people I work with.”

12 Angry Jurors will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $5 and sold at the door. We can’t wait to see you there!

Journaling Through the Early Days of the Pandemic

By: Gabby LeBron

When times get especially difficult, I find myself resorting back to my favorite pastime — writing. This held true during the early days of the pandemic, especially with the lack of social interaction in my everyday life. I began a journal documenting my experiences with the pandemic in North Carolina. 

March 23, 2020

Quarantine Day 8

Cases in North Carolina: Over 300

Top News Story: “Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Leaders Beg Public to Stay Home; Fed Vows to Buy as Much Debt as Possible” (New York Times).

About an hour ago we were notified that Wake County Schools will be closed until May 15th at the earliest. This means we probably won’t be going back this year at all. AP Exams have been moved online, to be taken from home. They’ll only cover what’s been taught so far and will be all free response, no multiple choice. Prom’s probably going to be cancelled, along with graduation, chorus events, and drama events. I miss my friends. 

At the top of the page in my journal, I have a countdown of days until May 15th, 2020, the day we were supposed to return to school. As of March 23, the countdown was at 53 days. In reality, it would be almost an entire year. 

March 27, 2020

Quarantine Day 12

NC Cases: 763

NC Deaths: 3

Worldwide Cases: Over 500,000

Worldwide Deaths: Over 20,000

Top News Story: “Live Updates: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus” (Washington Post).

Wake County released a “stay-at-home” order, in effect today at 5pm. This means we will have to stay home unless we are essential staff or if there is an emergency. We went to the farmers market and to Harris Teeter yesterday. People were still out, shopping with gloves and masks. I have to admit that I am getting very little schoolwork done. 

April 1, 2020

Quarantine Day 17

NC Cases: 1584

NC Deaths: 10

Worldwide Cases: Over 900,000

Worldwide Deaths: Over 40,000

Top News Story: “Global Coronavirus cases will hit 1 million and 50,000 Deaths in a few Days, WHO Officials Say” (CNBC). 

Nothing much is happening at home.  Zoom meetings are horrible but at least it’s a touch of my old life. FaceTime is my new best friend. 

Things I’m going to do when we’re out:

  • Give my friends the biggest hugs ever
  • Play Cards Against Humanity
  • Go Swimming
  • Get a Job
  • Go Downtown with friends
  • Buy a Prom Dress
  • Sing in Chorus Again

I’m happy to report that all of the items on this list were successfully completed once it was safe to do so. 

April 5, 2020

Quarantine Day 21

NC Cases: 2585

NC Deaths: 31

Worldwide Cases: Over 1 Million

Worldwide Deaths: Over 60,000

Top News Story: “Live Updates: Surgeon General Says Coming Week Will ‘Be Our Pearl Harbour Moment’; US Coronavirus Deaths Pass 9,000” (The Washington Post). 

It has been suggested that masks be worn while we are in public spaces. Grandma is sewing us some reusable masks and sending them in the mail. It is expected that we haven’t yet reached the peak, and that it will come in a few weeks. 

It’s Palm Sunday, one week away from Easter. Looks like we will not be back in churches for Easter like President Trump had hoped. In the grocery stores, instead of playing music there are reminders to wear gloves and masks and to social distance. 

April 5, 2020

Quarantine Day 25

NC Cases: 3651

NC Deaths: 65

Worldwide Cases: Over 1,500,000

Worldwide Deaths: Over 90,000

Top News Story: “Some Americans Should Start Receiving Coronavirus Relief Checks Today” (The New York Post). 

The peak is expected to be this week or next week. Grandma sent the masks in the mail, Mia dropped off instant coffee so that I can make TikTok whipped coffee. Remote learning is beginning this week. On Monday and Wednesday we have periods 1 and 2. On Tuesday and Thursday we have 3 and 4. 

My final entry comes an entire month later. Seeing the changes in the numbers is jarring. 

May 7, 2020

Quarantine Day 53

NC Cases: 13,397

NC Deaths: 507

Worldwide Cases: 3.77 Million

Worldwide Deaths: 264 Thousand

I haven’t written in a while because the thought was depressing and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. 

Some Updates:

  • Schools will be closed through the end of the year, announced a few weeks ago
  • Kim Jong-Un was believed to be dead after heart surgery, though he actually vanished due to coronavirus concerns
  • Tom Hanks donated his plasma to COVID-19 research after having the virus
  • “Murder Hornets” have come to the US
  • I saw Mia sitting in her driveway 6 feet apart. It had been 52 days since I last saw my best friend.

What Cary High Students are Saying About Returning to School

By: Maddie Goodman

Cary High students started their 6th week of the 2021-2022 school year this last Monday. For many underclassmen, these have been their first few weeks ever attending high school, and even upperclassmen have had limited experiences on campus. Everyone has had to make adjustments, so how are they doing?

A 10-question survey was provided to friends and classmates to collect data and information. The questionnaire was completed by various sources, including multiples from each class. 

The findings were as follows: 

Out of the respondents, 85% said that they feel settled into school after 4 weeks, and the other 15% claimed they were almost settled, but not quite fully there yet. After a year and a half of a deadly pandemic, everyone wants some normalcy and routine in their lives, and going back to school in person brings some of that with it.

 With attending school for the first time in a while, most people didn’t know what to expect or how to act. Respondents were asked if they had expectations and if they were met or not. The statistics were strewn across the board, but the majority, 55%, of participants noted that their expectations were met or exceeded. Based on that finding, it can be inferred that Cary High is succeeding in its mission to welcome students back. 

When asked about what they enjoy about our school, there were plenty of positive responses to report. Jocelyn Morgenstein, a sophomore, reported “I like that the teachers all care about us so much.” Multiple other respondents agreed; Colleen Bailey commented that “the teachers, students, and community, in general, are amazing.” Many other responses affirmed a sense of community through school spirit, activities, and events. Sounds like Cary is doing something right! 

Adjustments aren’t easy. Such a drastic change from online learning to in-person school has proven to be quite difficult. With that in mind, how do students feel about school in general? The answers speak for themselves. The words “tired”, “exhausting”, “overwhelming”, “stressed”, and “draining” were the most common amongst the results. Although it’s disheartening to hear, no one can deny it’s the truth. With school starting so early, the countless extracurricular activities available at Cary, and the everyday struggles of teenage-dom, it is no surprise that the batteries of students are so low by the end of the day. Keep your head up Imps, you’re doing great!

A conflict that groups and clubs on campus were hit with this year was gaining interest from new students. How were they going to get new members when so many students are new to Cary, and high school in general? Luckily, every single respondent claimed they have felt involved in school or felt that there have been adequate opportunities provided to get involved. And it’s true! The halls are lined with posters about club meetings, volunteer activities, and additional events in the Triangle for anyone interested. The morning announcements, broadcast over the intercom to every classroom at the start of 2nd period, include dates and times for club meetings, sports games, and other events. The official school website has entire sections dedicated to information on activities and student interests. Despite the struggle of holding events and recreational affairs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cary High has proven they are determined to bring back and encourage student involvement. 

 Keep in mind, with the uncertainty of the coronavirus and infections still prevalent, going to school in person, engaging in activities, and being overly busy in the future are not guaranteed. If the number of infections spike suddenly, classes can quickly be moved back to online-only, club meetings will have to resume over Zoom, spectators for sports will be prohibited, and countless other activities will be put on hold. Take advantage of the freedom and opportunities that are available to teenagers while they last and do your part to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. 

Suicide Prevention Month

By: Johanna Ramirez-Perez    

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Let’s take a moment of silence to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to suicide. 

The month of September is Suicide Prevention Month, with Suicide Prevention Week begining on September 5th and ending on the 11th. It’s important for us to help those who are struggling with deep depression. We should be on the lookout for suicidal thoughts or those who might be hurting themselves or plan to in the future.

During the pandemic it’s been really stressful and hard for others to open up to others about the struggles and issues they have. Suicide is a really serious matter that  often isn’t taken too seriously until it’s too late. Don’t ignore the signs because you could save a life.  

Suicidal Behaviors:                                                            

  1. Talking about dying or wanting to die                  
  2. Feeling numb or feeling hopeless 
  3. Feeling trapped 
  4. Increase in alcohol or drugs 
  5. Aggression 
  6. Lost of interest
  7. Depression 
  8. Isolating themselves from others
  9. Withdrawal 
  10.  Sleeping too much/too little 

What to do if you think someone is struggling with suicide/depression:

Let the person know you are listening. You want to reassure them and let them know you are taking them seriously.

Encourage them to keep talking and give them your full attention. 

Suggest ways that you can help. If they are talking about suicide, do not leave their side. If they are losing control or you feel like there’s a risk, call 911 and try to keep them calm. 

What you can say if someone has admitted to wanting to commit suicide:

  • “How often are you having these thoughts?”
  • “When it gets really bad, what do you do?”
  •  “What do you need to do to feel safe?” 

The symbol of the semicolon is metaphor that is used during Suicide Prevention Week. The semicolon is used when an author decides when they could have ended their sentence but chooses not to. In this metaphor, you are the author in your life and you can choose to continue your sentence.  

IF YOU ARE FEELING OR HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: 

Call 800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Talk to a counselor, a teacher, family or friends, or Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line, open 24/7. If you need or you want to talk about anything, you can email me at Juannaperez.jp@gmail.com

Snow Forts

By: Gabby LeBron

I dressed for winter,

a long trench coat covering my

little ankles, a wool hat

over my ears 

to keep out the aches

I never knew you had skin

under that thick sweatshirt

In fact, through squinting eyes

one may even say 

there was no difference

I knew better, I think.

I learned your song

quicker than I’d like to confess

I read your book 

deep. and cried for you

before I knew why

So what I’m trying to say,

my love,

is that I dressed for winter

In thick skin and knitted scarves

I dressed for ice and hail,

sleet and snow

Never knowing that we would be

warm enough together,

and summer would come

like sinking into molasses

There was no reason to hide,

was there?