The Trumpet The Student News Site of Parkland High School Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New York Fashion Week: What’s the Point? Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:55:19 +0000 The fashion industry is a controversy. A controversy filled with excess materials and models who supposedly represent what the “ideal” men and women are supposed to look like. If this were true, what is the purpose of having a week dedicated to the extreme emphasis on these values? Is it that we are a society that truly enjoys tradition? Or is it that we as a society are overrun by the unrealistic desire to wear designer clothes that pretty men and women wear as they strut down overly excessive runways?

Fashion weeks date back to one of the many fashion capitals of the world, Paris, France. In 1918, couture houses in Paris began holding their shows on fixed dates during the year, thus surfacing the foundation for fashion week. However, different to then, fashion weeks now include extravagance to the max. Although these shows can serve as entertainment to fashion-lovers, the extravagance has gone too far. What many don’t think about as they watch models strut their stuff is the amount of money and wasted materials that are put into these shows. Our world is already attempting to handle the current climate crisis, and with the addition of fashion week, we are going in the wrong direction. For example, a New York Times report revealed that in 2011, a Marc Jacobs show cost about one million dollars.

Junior Priya Ramprabhu states that “fashion week is just another addition to the already ongoing environmental issues that exist in our world today. With an excessive use of resources to produce unnecessary shows, it really doesn’t make sense as to why we continue this tradition.” 

In addition to the obvious environmental defects, fashion week also revolves around examples of racism and cultural appropriation. Recently, in the fashion industry a situation occurred where an African American model left an FIT fashion event due to accessories that she described as “clearly racist” in a New York Post article. Besides that recent example, there have been various instances where brands have been accused of culturally appropriating. One significant time was when Gucci was accused of showing white models wearing traditional Sikh-style turbans. Truly, there is a very unclear line when a designer is honoring a culture and when they are blatantly disregarding the values of the traditions that that cultures revolves around. 

Clearly there are little to no benefits of New York Fashion Week. As a fashion lover myself, I do enjoy seeing the innovative ideas that designers come up with, however I do not believe that it is necessary to focus an intense amount of those ideas in one week. Not only does this cause damage to our already suffering environment, but it also has caused damage to the values of our society.


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The Oscars: A Historic Night for a Foreign Film Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:53:07 +0000 The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, are an awards ceremony honoring those in the film industry for their creative merit. This awards ceremony honors the creative writers and directors of films, the hard-working actors, the amazing special effects, the instructive crew, etc. 

This year, the Oscars was truly a historic night for writer-director Bong Joon-ho, the cast, and crew of South Korean film, Parasite. Parasite is a film concerning important social issues in South Korea. Throughout the film, the various societal problems are revealed where the Kims, a poor Korean family, attempts to deceive the Parks, a rich family, by becoming their servants. This film was given an outstanding rating of 99% by Rotten Tomatoes, a tough movie critique site. 

John Nugent of states that, “A miracle of a film. It feels like Bong Joon-ho’s already extraordinary career has been building to this: a riotous social satire that’s as gloriously entertaining as it is deeply sardonic.” 

This film received four Oscars and made history for the first foreign film to receive the most oscars. It won Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film, and Writing (Original Screenplay). Additionally, it became the first foreign film to win Best Picture. 

In general, the Oscars was truly a night of wondrous and exciting successes. 


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Life is Everywhere Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:51:08 +0000 There is life everywhere.

Within blades of grass lies an infinite jungle.

Inside a puddle on the sidewalk is an entire ocean.

A single tear contains a thousand stories of trauma.

One humble oak is home to a million little creatures.

Life is everywhere.

A fallen leaf holds history unknown.

What billion of secrets does the big blue sky hold?

A single leaf, the smallest stream, a tiny tree, a bumble bee, a dim daydream, you and me; hold stories so sweet.

The reflection of the world on waters of a river renders me speechless.

A bird flies by and disturbs my focus.

I watch as it disappears in the distant sky.

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Talented Actor and Physical Therapist Encourages Students to Follow Their Dreams Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:49:08 +0000 This past Monday, February 10th, Rachel Handler visited aspiring actors in the Black Box to touch upon subjects such as perseverance, acting technique, and discrimination against actors with disabilities. She is a successful actress and has appeared as a supporting character in shows such as Law and Order, Goliath, and New Amsterdam. What makes Rachel Handler truly spectacular is her persistence. She lost part of her left leg as a young adult in a car accident, rendering her immobile for months. She eventually, through hard work and dedication, regained the ability to move independently and pursue her dream of acting on Broadway, and now shares her story with young aspiring actors and actresses.

     Aside from giving advice on how to nail an audition, and network with the right people, Handler shared her experience as someone with a disability. She explained the difficulty that many amputees face while learning how to drive again, styling flat shoes, and being taken seriously at auditions. “Disability is fluid,” says Handler, some days she is able to walk around with just the prosthetic, and others she needs to use her crutches. Her strategy is to take it day by day and do what she needs to do in order to be functional and comfortable regardless of the opinions of others. She later shares her observation of how people with disabilities are often portrayed in the media. 

     Handler observed two types of personalities that disabled characters tend to have, the wimp, and the veteran. Rachel Handler shared examples of the kinds of comments she gets regarding her prosthetic leg. They range from laughter to “Thank you for your service!” “Those comments are always the weirdest! I don’t know how to explain that I lost my leg in a car accident to a total stranger who thought I was a veteran, so now I just nod and smile.” Handler states, “being able to say no to things” is incredibly important. She, understandably, doesn’t want to play a disabled wimp anymore. “There is power in saying ‘no’ and doing what you want to do,” says Rachel Handler.

If Handler could offer three pieces of advice for anyone looking to go into theater as a career, they would be to stay passionate, keep singing, and do what makes you happy.



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Samsung’s Releasing Its Foldable Phone in 2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:48:44 +0000         The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s latest phone and as the name implies, it’s a foldable phone. Just like a phone back in the day, it has hinges that allows the phone to fold over. The phone is priced at a high $1,380, which is much higher than your typical phone price. According to CNBC, there is no real benefit of a foldable phone. It’s mostly for show. Many people despise the new phone because of the over the top price. The phone has sharp images but it looks like any other modern phone. There is a light crease going across the phone because of the fold and people don’t like that either. Samsung said that people should handle the screen with care too because it can be delicate. The new phone is also able to be propped up on a surface. This allows you to just set it and watch anything. The problem with this however is that the video can be too small to watch and you could always use a regular phone with something behind it to do the same job. The Galaxy Z Flip though takes good pictures and has wide and ultra-wide angles. All in all, the phone has mixed reviews but also has new features added.

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The Iowa Caucuses Explained Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:47:53 +0000 On February 3rd, registered Iowan voters gathered to participate in the Iowa Caucuses in order to try and predict who would run for president for the Democratic and Republican parties. Due to an app malfunction in the Democratic caucus, it is difficult to tell who the real winner is. According to information from The Huffington Post, Pete Buttigieg 13 delegates with 26.21% of the votes with Bernie Sanders in a very close second with 12 delegates and 26.12% of the vote. In the Republican Caucus, Donald Trump won a whopping 97.1% of votes, earning him 39 delegates.

     The Iowa Caucuses are electoral events held in order to predict the winners of party nominations for the Presidential Candidate. For some reason, the winner of the Democratic and Republican caucuses each end up on their party’s presidential ballot despite the fact that Iowa as a state lacks the racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity the rest of America exhibits. 

     A Caucus vote is very different from the traditional ballot vote system. Voters participate in a complex voting process to decide the number of delegates that will support a particular candidate. Voters instead of casting ballots, move around a designated room to choose a candidate, similar to the game “Four Square.”

     The Iowa Caucuses don’t necessarily matter to the electoral process as Iowa’s 41 available delegates only amount to 2% of the country’s total 1,991 delegates, according to CBS. The Caucuses instead, inspire American voters to place their support in the winners of the Caucus which usually leads to the candidates success in the primary and federal elections in April and November respectively. 

     The question remains. Are the Iowa Caucuses a valid representation of American voter tendencies? Or are they simply self-fulfilling political prophecies?


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    “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” Gets a Sequel Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:42:25 +0000 To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel, Ps I Still Love You, brought sappy love fans a treat on this Valentines day. Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo and  their characters Laura Jean and Peter Kavinsky brought their fans a sequel on February 12th that will pull at your heartstrings. In the original To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Laura Jean has written love letters to all the boys she’s loved through her lifetime. Tragedy hits when her little sister mails all of her letters to the boys she wrote about. She then gets a taste of the difficulty of true love and relationships. 

    In the To All The Boys I’ve Loved before sequel, Ps I Still Love You Laura Jean hits another problem when more of the boys who received letters start responding. Specifically one character who is played by Disney’s Jordan Fisher starts to come into the picture. WIthout giving any spoilers both the original and a sequel have lived up to all of the rage they were perceived to have.

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    New Sneakers are Ready to Hit the Market Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:42:12 +0000      Kayne West’s Adidas Yeezy basketball shoes, which have been teased to be released for a few years now, finally hit the market during the NBA’s all-star weekend in Kayne’s hometown in Chicago. Two versions of the shoe were sold at retail price for $250 and West hopes for NBA players and basketball players alike to use the shoe on the basketball court. NBA rookie phenom Zion Williamson is set to release his signature shoe on March 13th, according to sneakernews. The shoe, called Air Jordan 34 “Bayou Boys’ ‘ PE, was featured during the NBA all-star weekend by Zion Williamson. The release for the shoe was announced shortly after Jordan Brand signed Williamson to a shoe deal this past year. Many look forward to the release of shoes in 2020, and we can only speculate what the big shoe brands, Nike, Jordan and Adidas have in store for fans of their sneakers.

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    Parkland’s Seniors WANT Snow!! Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:41:56 +0000      The school year of 2019-2020 for Parkland High School Seniors is sadly coming to an end and no thanks to the weather.  Unlike years prior, the school district has yet to use one of it’s 3 built in snow days. This is a rare case as Parkland has not seen this little snow nor have had an entire President’s Weekend break in quite a few years.  Many are upset by this anti climactic winter scene like Emma Broggi whose feelings are summed up in one word with her stating that she’s “angry.” Rhiannon Duch also expressed her disappointment stating “ I am so mad about no snow days!” While many like Broggi and Duch have strong feelings, Mathew Raunch just simply finds this situation“ kinda sad, [he] love[s] snow in general.” Additionally, Ben Dobbs and Tyler Payne “like 5 day Easter breaks as much as the next guy, but the lack of snow is just a punch to the gut to the entire senior class…It’s annoying because we have 3 built in snow days we can lose without making any days up, but we can’t take advantage of that… It’s the one year we get out sooner than normal too.”  The graduation date for seniors is June 9th, 2020 and is set regardless of weather inclement days, which is why the lack of snow days is especially heartbreaking for the class of 2020. While there are many who view the absence of snow as tragic, one student in particular, Nathaniel Armstrong states, “Honestly, I’m happy there’s a lot involving TV Studio and Film that I’d like to do this year and I don’t want to waste time.” His point of view contrasts his peers as he keeps an optimistic view on the lack of days taken due to heavy snow. Though there are few like him who are fairly optimistic about the experience. 


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