By: Tina Haden
Attention all juniors and seniors! Prom is coming up quick, so if you haven’t yet, you might want to start making some plans. This year, prom will be on Saturday, March 29th, at the Savoy Ballroom on Commercial Street in Springfield. Tickets are $45 and the theme is “Legendary”. It is based on the classy 1920′s, so you can expect white lights and a color theme of ivory and gold with touches of black and pearl. Student are encouraged to be at the school at 5pm that afternoon for pictures (courtesy of Dana Dry), but the busses won’t leave until 5:30. There will be a candy bar and possibly a photo booth, and we will be leaving Springfield to go home at 11:30. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask Mrs. Embrey. It’s going to be a blast, so grab your date and make it a night to remember!
By: Tanner Lewis
There is a whole new cinema experience now playing at the Ava Family Theatre. This gratuitously new and amazing movie is…The LEGO Movie. The LEGO Movie is a new movie starring the amazing voice talents of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie. It is all about one man, or should I say LEGO minifigure, who is thought to be an extraordinary MasterBuilder. It turns out that they were wrong.
The LEGO Movie is based on the popular block building toy franchise of the same name. It tells the story of an average guy named Emmet( Chris Pratt), who is thought to be a hero. He isn’t exactly who they thought he would be, so can he save the day? You will have to find out! The LEGO Movie has hit the top of the box office and received a 96% on the tomatometer on rottentomatoes.com.
The LEGO Movie is one of the best movies of the year so far and is a very entertaining flick. It’s got everything you could want in a movie, a goofy main character, cool animated fight scenes, and Batman! If you want an amazing movie with a great atmosphere for those of all ages, then you need to go see the LEGO Movie today!
By: Savannah Jenkins
Are you a hardworking student? Do you have struggles with any of your classes? Do you strive to perform your very best work in and outside of the classroom? By staying after school in the Bears Den, you will recieve the assistance to help you successfully complete your everyday assignments.
Bears Den is held each weekday evening from 7- 8 A.M. and 3:30-6:30 P.M. in the Ava High School library. In the Bears Den, you have access to mobile laptops, desktop computers, as well as calculators, paper, and pencils to help you complete your assignments. You can pick up a meal pass in the library and head on over to the school cafeteria for a light, after-school snack to give you a burst of energy to perform your best work.
The following teachers stay after school to offer assistance, or tutoring sessions to help you correctly complete your assignment:
- Ms. Roberts (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
- Mrs. Decker- Math Assistance (Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings)
- Mr. McDonald- Math Assistance (Tuesday)
- Mrs. Walker (Tuesday)
- Ms. Taylor (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday)
If you are having struggles in any of your classes, whether it is a math course or an English course, please feel free to stay after school in the Bears Den on a week night. By staying after school in the Bears Den, you will have the ability to understand the concepts that you are learning in class in an easier way, as well as, improving your grades at a gradual rate. Please do not be nervous, or anxious about attending tutoring after school in the Bears Den. These tutoring sessions with your teachers will not only improve your grades, but boost your levels of self confidence and self esteem.
By: Tina Haden
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and lots of people are trying to find romance. Unfortunately, it seems like most people just go with the simple “Will you be my boyfriend/girlfriend?”; no creativity, no “awww!” moment. This makes for quite the boring “how it all started” story. However, there is still hope, in the little town of Ava, Missouri. We have a certain high school senior named Chris Taylor that showed imagination, creativity, and originality when he asked his current girlfriend, Chelsi Harper, to go out with him. He sent short pems to Chelsi giving her hints to find where her clues were, drew a cute picture and hen attached a flower to it. For example, one read, “Here cold pleasures are greatly cheap, a clue is here for the clerk to keep…” with a picture of ice cream and a drink on it (Ava Drug), while another read, “A place to relax, where might you go? In this place a clue I’ve stowed…” (Peace and Serenity). After a total of nine of these adorable little letters, he asked her out. Needless to say, she said yes; and why wouldn’t she? Our little Romeo made it nearly impossible for her to refuse. So, Ava High School students, if you have a special someone in mind for Valentine’s Day this year, be creative when asking them out and use your imagination! Remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to be romantic. Chris pulled this off with notebook paper and flowers. Why be boring and typical when you can be cute? Show him/her that you care enough about them to go the extra mile instead of doing what everyone else is doing. Don’t find yourself creative? It’s okay; getting them something that came from the heart, no matter how unprofessional it may look, is going to mean the world to them.
By: Sarah Dudley
Doppelganger is German for “double-goer.” It is a double of someone, or someone who looks strangely similar to someone else. Doppelgangers are all over the world today. According to “Toluna”, each person has up to 6 people in the world that look like them. Your doppelganger might be a celebrity, a person in a different country, someone in your school, or even an animal. No one really know who the first set of lookalike is, because lookalikes have been around for centuries. Sometimes you find your lookalike through social media or just by running into the! Also, there are certain search engines where you can send in a picture of your face, and they’ll find your doppelganger for you! Here are some sets of Doppelgangers the Echo Staff has found recently!
We are currently looking for lookalikes at Ava High School. If you think you have found your doppelganger, email us a picture at email@example.com!
By: Scotlyn Canape
Is your day just dragging on and on? Are your eyes slowly closing in the middle of that Biology class? Well, unfortunately for you it is not because the class is boring, but it is because you probably are not getting enough sleep.
According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, on average, teenagers get 6-7 hours of sleep, when really we should be getting 9-10 hours of sleep per night. Admit it; we are notorious about not getting enough sleep and staying up long into the night. Yet, it is not all partying during those hours. We are actually staying up to work on all of the homework we receive.
School starts at 8:15 AM, 8:00 AM if you get there on time. It seems that over half of the student body lives out of town, meaning that they are getting up around 6:00 AM just to get ready for school on time. Then, of course, there is the homework aspect that comes with school, not to mention the hours of time we spend doing extracurricular activities. So after getting home after around four hours of practice, we spend 1-2 hours on homework. This also means that if we didn’t spend any time with our family then we would go to bed around 10. Honestly though, who does that? We still need time to relax and unwind for the day, leaving us with only 6-7 hours of sleep they say we are getting.
A large percent of teenagers are, big surprise, sleep deprived. It causes us to be cranky and irritable, and we get upset more easily and more often. We also are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors such as driving fast or drinking. It also affects our cognitive ability, making us have problems with memory, attention, decision making, reaction time, and creativity. This causes our grades to fall, which in turn means that if we do not get enough sleep, we do not get good grades. We are also at the highest risk of falling asleep while driving.
Have no fear though, because there are ways to get your sleep schedule on track! Get up and go to bed at the same time every day and night, avoid oversleeping on weekends, take early afternoon naps, do not use electronics near bedtime, and avoid caffeine! If you can do all of that, then consider yourself one of the lucky few to not be sleep deprived!
By: Scotlyn Canape
Back in December many kids participated in the Book Spine Poetry Contest, but alas, not all could win. There were short, detailed, long, and amazing poems all throughout, yet, there were three winners that were picked to be the best out of all entries. Ruby Kilgore recieved 1st place, Scotlyn Canape earned 2nd place, and Zakk Powell placed 3rd. Congratulations to not only the winners, but all others who participated in this event!
By: Scotlyn Canape
“At laaaaaaaaaaaast. My love has come along. My lonely days are over….” While Etta James’ lonely days are over, yours may not be! Have no fear, however, because you can sweep your crush off their feet by playing one of the top greatest love songs in history. Yet, you could really blow their socks off if you were brave enough and took a chance to serenade them!
“At Last” by Etta James is always a great choice for someone to hear because it really shows them that they are truly appreciated. You are expressing to them that they are your dream, and that you feel as if they could truly understand you. This is just a wonderful song overall.
To all the men out there, if you want your crush to truly know that you think of them as not just a girl, but a lady, then you could sing “Lady” by Styx. It gives them an inside look to how you feel about them and how you would treat them. This song was written by Dennis DeYoung for his wife, and if it worked for him, it can certainly work for you!
“You have made my life complete, and I love you so.” Now what person wouldn’t want to hear such sweet words? No one of course! This song is completely fool proof and will always work in a jam. They will know that you absolutely love them and will have no doubt about it!
If you are falling completely in love with your best friend then you could use the wonderful song, “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. This song lets them know that you do not just think of them as a crush, but as someone that knows you so well that you cannot help but fall in love with them.
Last, but certainly not least you could use, “Something” by the Beatles. This amazing song will let your crush know that they should always believe that you will love them no matter what happens. That is something that everyone should know in their hearts from their other half!
Hopefully, these love songs will help you go on your way to a loving and healthy relationship in the near future. If they do not work, however, move on to another song that you feel will really express how you feel! Happy Valentine’s Day!
By: Scotlyn Canape
Every girl dreams of becoming a princess and finding her Prince Charming, yet it is not so easy like it was for the Disney princesses. Luckily for all of you love birds out there waiting to find your other half, the princesses have come to your rescue and are here to give their dating tips and tricks to YOU!
“Does your heart feel like a raging river? Wanting to go overboard and be free? Well then you should let it go where it wants. It will lead you to happiness, just like your heart should. Yet be cautious, because your heart can only guide your mind, your mind decides where your future will lie.”
“Love will come in its own time, just be ready for it because you have to make the man of your dreams fall in love with the real you. Be careful of meeting of curfew however, to avoid disaster, because mean girls are not to be reckoned with in any situation!’’
“Make sure you know the man before you decide to let your heart become his, because you can’t marry a man you just met. You really need to know yourself, and let all the negative things in your life go before you settle down with the man of your dreams.’’
“Well when you’ve been locked in a tower for eighteen years, it gives you a while to think. Love comes in like a frying pan to the face. Yet, it doesn’t take long to fall in love with your dream guy if it’s meant to be.’’
“Remember that the right man may be a prince in disguise, and that it will take time to find him. There is a trick to finding your true love though, food! The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’’
“Love is an open door; it can come through suddenly and then leave all in the same second! Don’t be too quick to judge because the one who truly loves you can be there waiting for you all along and you might not even know it. If you aren’t sure though, just ask some love experts!’’
“Tips about love you ask? Let love find you! Don’t force your way to a man’s heart! He will come to you when it is just the right time for him to appear and sweep you off your feet! Yet, make sure you know he is the one…don’t be afraid to give him the cold shoulder.’’
“You have to go out into the world to find love! It’s a big, beautiful earth out there and there are many fish in the sea! Just make sure that you are prepared to make sacrifices for the one you truly love. It may be a different path than others might take, but it could be the right one for you!’’
Before you start dating someone, make sure you use all these helpful tips and tricks to catch the right guy. If you follow the Disney princesses’ advice then you will be one step closer to becoming that princess you have always secretly dreamed of being.
by: Tina Haden
Many people say that if you want to score higher on tests, you should listen to music from the classical era, such as pieces by the well-known Amadeus Mozart. How does this improve test scores? They say classical music increases concentration. We’ve all heard how different types of music can effect us mentally, but is it possible that the type of music we listen to can effect us physically as well? There have been many studies on how different types of music affect exercise. One study placed 11 females and 11 males in one exercise room playing fast, up-beat music, the same amount in another exercise room playing slow, relaxing music, and the same amount in a room with no music at all. Results from the first two groups showed no significant changes; exhaustion times varying by only 30 seconds. However, the control group showed a significant lack of physical endurance compared to the groups that listened to music during their work out. Many other tests have shown the same result. What does this say about musical experience? According to “Idea-Health and Fitness Association”, listening to music of any kind while you exercise increases performance because it reduces fatigue and promotes relaxation and motor coordination. There isn’t one specific genre that increases physical performance more than another genre. The only type of music that has proved to increase physical strength and endurance is that of the exerciser’s preference. Basically, if you’re listening to music you enjoy, you’re going to exercise longer in order to continue enjoying that type of music, which makes complete and total sense. Think about it this way: if we told you that only heavy metal music would increase physical performance, you can listen to it while exercising all you want. Let’s be honest, though, if you sincerely hate heavy metal, you aren’t going to enjoy the work out at all adn will look for the most minor physical fatigue as a way out of exercising.