The CMHS production Once Upon a Mattress, a tale of a not so pampered princess, had its last run this past weekend. A prince in need of a bride, a town in need of a princess, an overbearing mother, and an array of secondary characters providing much appreciated of comic relief created an overall fantastic show. The play was humorous and heartfelt; sentimental yet wry. Congratulations to both the students who delivered wonderful performances, and Kathy Paladino, who directed the show.
Southern California is home to one of the most diverse geographies in America; we enjoy the ocean, mountains, deserts, canyons, valleys, and more in such a small area. There's no better way to experience the natural beauty SoCal has to offer than simply getting out in the midst of nature to hike with some friends. Whether you've never hiked a day in your life, or are thinking about taking on your first big summit, Southern California has something for you. You'll even burn off that cheeseburger or two.
Note: Most of these hikes can be modified to be easier or more difficult, but the example routes that are specified below have been rated according to their difficulty.
Written By: Natalie Tetreault
For those who have smart phones, we all have those apps you just cannot delete. You never know when you might need them. Then, of course, there are those apps that could come in handy, but seem useless as they take up space on our phones (like the compass app).
Kenya Avila, owner of an Android phone, shared that she likes apps that she can edit pictures with. When she took chemistry last year, Chemistry Helper assisted her. Playbooks also has a varied selection of books, many of which we read in high school. This app becomes very useful on days when you leave your book at home on an in-class reading day. Mentioned too
was the Office app that can be used to type essays right on your phone. Kenya also enjoys not having just any flashlight app, but an app that allows her flashlight to change colors. Other miscellaneous apps Kenya has downloaded and cannot delete are My Diet Diary and SoundHound. My Diet Diary allows a person to track what they eat. I will discuss why I like SoundHound later.
Trent Teague appreciates the Pages app which allows the altering of documents (such as Microsoft word documents) on phones. The app costs $7 in the app store, but newer phones come with it already installed. Trent’s newer iPhone also has a flashlight already installed, but if your older model does not have it, then he suggests definitely downloading a flashlight app.
Minnie Trinh finds the Google Translator app, Office app (which allows the creation of word documents and PowerPoint presentations), Adobe Reader app, and Flashlight app useful to have on her phone.
Personally, I love having an app to create picture collages. When I first received an iPhone, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps were must-haves on my phone. However, when it comes to practicality, my list is much different.
Google Translate is a must-have on my phone at all times. You never know when you might need it and who you come in contact with. For those taking a language, the accuracy is not perfect, but it is a great step in the right direction, bringing up words that trigger how to actually translate whatever you want to say. I recommend using this app as a crutch.
I also have Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. I know that I could type whatever word I am looking for in Safari, but this app has some special features. Sometimes I cannot even think of how to get the word spelled to find out what it means. This app allows you to talk to the app and based on pronunciation, the word you were thinking of will pop up. Also for those who want to save their data (because they do not have unlimited), this app will help save you a little instead of typing it into the actual internet and searching through lots of links for what you want.
Although others prefer Shazam, I personally downloaded the SoundHound app when I first received my smart phone. This app has come in handy multiple times. Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you really like, but don't know the name of? Well, this app can identify the song after a short "listening" period.
Until I get a new phone, the Flashlight app will absolutely remain installed. Between late night searching in my car for something I dropped to camping trips and hiking in the woods, this app has come in handy just when I needed it. For fun, the Flashlight app also has a strobe light option.
Whether Android or Apple, some of these apps may prove to be invaluable to you as well.
Written by: Kimberly Hedges