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date: 2018-09-11
author: The Taliafero Times
description: "Description"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news", "creative-writing", "local-news", "national-news", "international-news", "other"]
title: "Welcome!"
---

Welcome to the Booker T. Washington High School Newspaper and Creative Writing Club!

Check out this website for all our published writing and various resources.

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date: 2018-09-07
author: Ian Benway
name: Ian Benway
description: "A poem"
tags: ["creative-writing"]
title: "An Ode to Mr. Hames"

---



An ode to Mr. Hames,  
From whom all beauty frames.  
Tall and slender like trees deciduous.  
Charismatic as if Odysseus.  
With eyes as blue as crystal seas,  
He breathes with force like morning breeze  
His skin like leather,  
He speaks like spring.  
His face: a feather.  
His words: a king.

To Mr. Hames,  
From whom all poise frames,  
Your voice is crisp like winter air.  
Your words are left to mind’s affair.  
The _clinging_ and _clanging_ of cough drops  
Against your teeth never stops.  
The noise,  
The touch,  
The view.

Of Mr. Hames,  
From whom all teaching frames.  
I see the words you say aloud;  
I feel the notes you’ve endowed.  
And, though I’ve tried my very best,  
I can’t quite seem to pass your tests.  
But your concepts lie forevermore  
In us, from out to core.

For Mr. Hames,  
From whom all stature frames,  
You teach us lots on chemistry.  
Though what I’ll use it for, I can’t see  
But when I find I’ll need it most,  
To you, and only you, I will toast.

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_by Ian Benway_

September 7th, 2018.

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a [Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) license.

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author: Betsy Martin
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As Homecoming is quickly approaching, the Booker T. Newspaper staff has taken the time to interview all of the Mr. and Miss Hornet nominees for the 2018-2019 school year. Editor-in-Chief and interviwer Betsy Martin took this time to interview Amri&#8217; Littlejohn and ask her questions about what being Miss Hornet means to her and how she hopes to represent our school if she is awarded the title.

Betsy: Why is being nominated Miss Hornet important to you?

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Amri’: Being nominated as Miss Hornet is an absolute honor! It is so important and meaningful to me that my peers think so highly of me! </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What are your plans after BTW? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A: I plan to study Criminology to battle prison reform in the best way I can contribute. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: How has BTW helped you grow as a person? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A: Booker T. has been such an inclusive environment, it feels great to be around like-minded people who want something out of life, who accept others as they are. It’s truly beautiful. </span>

B: What is your favorite part of the BTW community?

A:  My favorite part would have to be the amount of clubs and activities here. I also love how everyone has an opportunity to shine in their own way as a collective. I love the people!

B: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: My favorite subject would have to be history.

B: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: As for my l free time I attend church, write poetry, and read up on conspiracy theories and other realistic fiction. If you have a good book recommendation lay it on me!

B: What is one goal you see yourself accomplishing in the future?

A: I see myself establishing a life that I can be happy living&#8230; that&#8217;s a major accomplishment.

B: What is one way you would like to give back to the BTW community?

A: I want to give back by being being more active in the Fine Arts Department, especially the Drama Department, and any student orginazation that promotes students being involved in politics.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: Is there any any advice you would like to give to underclassmen? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A: Underclassmen need to take their standardized tests as soon as possible! High school has to be a fair balance of hard work and fun so join a club! There is a place for everyone!</span>

B: Last, but not least, could you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

A: I don’t know which one you find is better but: I put milk before cereal, I love Etta James, my favorite Disney movie is _The Hunchback of Notre Dame_ but my favorite Disney soundtrack is _Hercules_.

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date: 2018-09-11
author: George Markert
description: "Truman Pipestem Interview"
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Booker T. Newspaper interviewer George Markert sat down with Truman Pipestem, member of the T-Connection band, to ask him a few questions about his nomination for Mr. Hornet.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">George Markert: Why do you think being nominated Mr Hornet is important to you?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Truman Pipestem: Well, calling it important would be the wrong question. It’s not as if I needed to be Mr. Hornet by any means. In fact, it was nothing but a dream come true. It’s simply a part of my time here that I never would have expected to happen. Just to experience the entire thing, to me, is a sudden gift that I’m eternally grateful for.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: You’ve had a great career here at BTW, what are your plans afterwards?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: I’m looking at competitive colleges in the Northeast. Once I’m up there, I’m going to explore my options within the humanities. That is to say, philosophy, psychology, political science, etc. etc. and, someday, I hope to go to law school. It’s been my dream since I was a little kid and I do believe that whatever I do within it is going to be beneficial. I do want to work with Native American tribes and their legality within the Federal Court system because it’s such an under-represented area of law that needs an actual Native American perspective. In reality, one person with bad intentions and one good lawyer could destroy the sovereignty of Native American tribes all across the country.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: How has Booker T. helped you grow as a person?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: Booker T. has enabled me to pick my own path in life. Simply, there are so many other schools out there that encourage STEM, that encourage pursuing some sort of religion, but Booker T. doesn’t do any of that. They simply allow people to have freedom to do whatever they want and that impacts more than just me and my passions. I can’t look to my left and my right without seeing somebody who is leading an entirely different life than me, and, in turn, I  learn from that. I learn from more than just what I’m passionate about. I learn about other people&#8217;s passions. I never would have gotten into board games if my friends hadn’t introduced me to them. This place has uplifted me by giving me the absolute freedom to explore everything I want and everything that other people want.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: You mentioned many passions and communities in Booker T, what is your favorite part of the Booker T. community?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: I have to say the T-Connection band. I started practice the summer between my 8th grade and freshman year and I’ve been around it since. Though it’s a lot of work at times, coming to the point where we have to practice nine hours a day every now and then, it’s a sacrifice I couldn’t imagine quitting for the world. It’s been too much of a blessing throughout my time here.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is your favorite subject in school?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: It’s hard for me to say. My favorite topic that would be a subject is philosophy, but unfortunately that’s not an option here. I’ve done my best to try and see what the world has to offer outside of classes, but it’s not available here. Out of the courses I’ve done here, it has to be IB World History. It’s challenged my way of thinking about correct and incorrect answers, looking for an argument rather than what’s right and wrong.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: Speaking on subjects outside of school, what is your favorite thing to do in your free time?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: In my free time, I am constantly busy. To say I have free time is not true. Outside of school, I’m involved in other things such as the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. I go to church every week at the First Baptist Church of Sperry- I know it sounds really out there, but that’s where my grandmother went. When we moved here, we simply followed suit and fell in love. I founded the Tulsa Native Youth Board, which attempts to encourage Native American cultural pride within elementary and middle schools around Tulsa. With managing IB work alongside that, that’s my life.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is a goal you hope to see yourself accomplish in the future?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: Whenever I came to Booker T, the place seemed very friendly. Unfortunately, the Native American community was not as strong as I hoped for it to be here. I know that a lot of people here have a cultural connection or background. Tulsa, which does its best to bring everybody together, sometimes leaves out room for development of one community. In Tulsa’s great attempt to bring us all together, it can destroy some of the diversity that we have. In order to have a Native American community, you have to fight for an inorganic community rather than something that happened due to proximity. I’m hoping to show kids that it is encouraged or cool to be Native American up into their adult years.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is one way you’d want to give back to the school?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: Something I’ve always seen is that with T-Connection we have alumni come back year after year to help us out. They’re always there at homecoming, some of them will show up bright and early in the mornings to help us out with practice, and they always show us something that we haven’t played in decades. It’s been something that I believe contributes to the timelessness of the T-Connection band. I want to continue to help with out the band after I graduate and I still have three younger siblings. One who goes here and two more that should be on their way, so I’ll be around for a while.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: Is there any advice you would give to underclassmen?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: To underclassmen I would say don’t judge yourself by your fellow man. Everyone here plays to their own strengths, and you should play to yours. If someone is better at memorizing something or better in one class than you, please do not be discouraged or defeated. This place encourages people of all different walks of life and all different strengths. Play to yours and do your best rather than think that you’re inferior, because, if you’re here, I can tell you right now you’re not.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: To wrap it all up: give one fun fact about yourself.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: I used to live in D.C. until 6th grade and I got to go into the White House one time; I got to go bowling there. There were only two lanes: one was already broken and I broke the other one.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: It was nice to have you for an interview, thank you for giving your time.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">T: Of course.</span>

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Jenna Tayrien
description: "Brooklynn Douglas Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
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Jenna Tayrien asked Brooklynn Douglas a few questions about why being nominated Miss Hornet is important to her. She talks about her plans for the future as well as how she plans on giving back to Booker T. after she graduates.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Jenna: Why is being nominated Miss Hornet important to you?</span>

Brooklynn: Being nominated for Miss Hornet is important to me because I really do love my school and my classmates and I believe I embody who Miss Hornet should be. Also my mother was Miss Hornet 1984.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What are your plans after you leave Booker T.? </span>

B: After I leave Booker T. I plan on attending Clark Atlanta University and majoring in Biology Pre-Med and then going on to medical school to become a pediatric surgeon.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: How has Booker T. helped you grow as a person?</span>

B: Booker T has helped me grow as a person by teaching me more about myself than I’ve ever known. At the hive you’re constantly growing and people here genuinely want to see you be great.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What is your favorite part of the BTW community? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

B: My favorite part about the Booker T community is the support. When I was crowned Miss Black Teen US Ambassador so many of my teachers and the administrators reached out to me and I felt so loved and valued.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What is your favorite subject in school? </span>

B: My favorite subject in school is math because I love Ms. Richardson and every problem is like a puzzle.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What do you like to do in your free time?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

B: In my free time I like to sing, play guitar, and do pageants.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What is one goal you see yourself accomplishing in the future? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

B: In the future I see myself one day being Miss America. It’s my ultimate dream.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What is one way you would like to give back to the school? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

B: I would like to give back to the school by hosting a BTW clean up day where students clean up around the school and pick up trash around campus.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: Is there any advice you would like to give to underclassmen? </span>

B: Advice I would give to underclassmen is to enjoy every minute of high school! It truly feels like just yesterday I was a freshman and it’s so bittersweet to say that I’ll be graduating in a few months!

<span style="font-weight: 400;">J: What is a fun fact about yourself? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

B: A fun fact about me is that I’m allergic to pineapples!

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Shateryn Lampkin
description: "Cassidy Chase interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Cassidy Chase"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3477.jpg
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  Amidst the elections for Mr and Miss Hornet, Taliaferro Times interviewer and writer Shateryn Lampkin had the opportunity to speak with Cassidy Chase, a nominee for this school year’s elections. She was able to ask her questions about how she felt about her nomination, and how she feels about Booker T and its student body.
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    Shateryn: Hi! Thank you so much for doing this! Here’s my first question: How did you feel when you were first nominated for Miss Hornet
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    Cassidy: When I was first nominated for Miss Hornet, I felt totally shocked and nervous, but once around the other nominees, I felt so happy and blessed to be apart of something so rich in tradition
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    S: Great answer! Why do you think your peers nominated you?
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    C: I think my peers nominated me because of my honest love for the school and how I show it. I also believe my peers nominated me because I present myself in a positive manner always.
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    S: How do you think your reaction would be if you won?
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    C: I’m pretty sure I’d just stand/sit there in complete shock and probably cry because it would mean so much to me.
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    S: If you win Miss Hornet, do you think it would open up opportunities for you and why?
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    C: I believe if I won Miss Hornet that opportunities would open up for me because being the title that it is, you’re respected and holding such a high title shows that you’re loyal, which again, people respect.
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    S: What characteristics should a potential Miss Hornet portray?
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    C: I believe a potential Miss Hornet should be a kind, social, determined, and outgoing individual who would do anything for their school peers and community.
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    S: Do you think you display the characteristics of an ideal Miss Hornet?
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    C: Yes!
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    S: What is something you want the students of BTW to know about you when they’re voting?
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    C: I want the students of BTW to know that I am a friendly/ accepting person that they can always talk to. I want the best for my peers and school!
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    S: Lastly… What does Miss Hornet mean to you?
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    C: Miss Hornet to me means an honor, even to be nominated, and joy to know that my peers trust me to be in this position! I love Booker T!
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date: 2018-09-12
author: Raven Arterberry
description: "Deanrea Sykes Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Deanrea Sykes"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3460.jpg
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  Deanrea Sykes is the Class of 2019 president. After his nomination for Mr. Hornet, Booker T. Newspaper interviewer and creative writer, Raven Arterberry, took time to ask him a few questions about the future he sees for himself after graduating and also what his the time he spent at BTW meant to him.
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  Raven: Where do you see yourself in 30 years?
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  Deanrea: I see myself being a lawyer and fighting for the LGBT+ community, women, and African Americans. I also see myself running for a political office.
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  R: How have you contributed to Booker T?
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  D: I&#8217;ve tried to get involved as much as I can and to learn as much as I can. I represent this school and have given my time.
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  R: What do you want to your legacy to be?
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  D: That I loved everyone, no matter what they looked like or how popular they were. Everyone is a person.
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  R: When you are an alumnus, how will you give back to your alma mater?
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  D: Turn in good publicity. I will be back at Booker T and I will be here for Booker T. If I&#8217;m famous, I will give BTW a shoutout. I&#8217;ll be connected and give back my time and money.
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    R: What advice do you have for underclassmen?
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    D: Get involved. Everything that you do matters. Be kind to everyone, because you never know what they are going through. Have a vision of what you want to do after high school. Have something to believe in, something that you&#8217;d give everything for.
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date: 2018-09-12
author: George Markert
description: "Iyan Smith Williams Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Iyan Smith Williams"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3458.jpg
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Interviewer George Markert decided to ask Mr. Hornet nominee Iyan Smith Williams a few questions about what it feels like to be nominated as well as how this has affected him as a person. He also answered questions concerning his future and how he wants to give back to the school. 

<span style="font-weight: 400;">George Markert: Why is being nominated Mr. Hornet important to you?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Iyan Smith Williams: Since I was little, I had always wanted to go to Booker T. It’s like there was no other option. So when I got that acceptance letter, it meant the world to me. To be able to represent this school means a lot to me: to be able to be Mr. Hornet and an embodiment of Booker T.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: So what are your plans after you leave Booker T?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: I want to go into education, probably math or Spanish, and I’ve always had this little dream that I’d want to come back and teach at Booker T. A lot of people have told me not to because of the state of teaching in Oklahoma, but I might just go against what they say and do it anyways.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: How has Booker T. helped you grow as a person?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: When I was little, my primary reason for coming to Booker T. was that I knew there were a lot of academic opportunities, like AP and IB. But, I feel that, through the people I’ve met at Booker T. and through relationships I’ve had with students and teachers, I’ve really come to know my own leadership skills and to be able to work better with others. I’ve learned to recognize their strengths and my weaknesses. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is your favorite part of the Booker T. community?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: For me, I would say it’s how inclusive the Booker T. community is. As a magnet school we have a very diverse community racially, ethnically, religiously, and with sexual orientation. But, it seems like everybody finds a spot here and that nobody feels ostracized; everybody is included.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is your favorite subject in school?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: I love Spanish. I’ve always loved Spanish and it’s probably what I want to teach.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What do you like to do in your free time?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: When I’m not doing homework or with a club or organization, I usually spend time with my family. We like to cook a lot in the kitchen, so a lot of my happiest memories outside of school are with my family in the kitchen.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is one goal you’d like to achieve in the future?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: Coming to Booker T, I’ve always felt really included and felt like this was my second home. As a teacher, I’d love to be at Booker T, I’d have the goal of making somebody else or other students feel included or at home.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: What is one way you’d like to give back to the school?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: As an alumnus, I’d love to help out with things like Homecoming, but I would also like to come back and teach and be a part of the faculty.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: Do you have any advice you would give to lowerclassmen?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: The trite old advice of “It passes by.” My time at Booker T. has really passed by. It’s important to get involved early on and to not take for granted all of the time that you spend with people at Booker T. It sounds like a really big cliche, but it’s said a lot for a reason.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: Do you want to give a fun fact about yourself?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that my mom’s family is Brazilian. [Iyan later notified me that a much more fun fact is that he wrote a 10-minute speech on bread.]</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">G: Well, thank you for contributing to this effort.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I: Thank you for interviewing me, farewell.</span>

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Zaria Mangrum
description: "Joshua Edwards Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Zaria Mangrum"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3480.jpg
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Zaria Mangrum, interviewer and photographer for The Taliaferro Times, interviewed Josh Edwards about his Mr. Hornet nomination. He discusses the meaning of Mr. Hornet and how he hopes he is able to embody the ideal Mr. Hornet if nominated for the role.

Zaria: What does success mean to you?

Joshua: Success is more than materialistic gains. To me, success is a person&#8217;s symbol of growth. It shows their obstacles and how they conquered them.

Z: What values are important to you as a student and as a potential Mr. Hornet?

J: As your potential Mr. Hornet, I value God, family, and self confidence. I feel if these three things are tied together with God, you will have a loving family. With support from your family, you gain self confidence.

Z: What activities and clubs are you interested in?

J: Good Vibes Only Club, the T-Connection band, Men of Power, Student Council, class board, African-American Society, Young Life, and the Juice Radio. Each one of these clubs built the Joshua you guys know today and they elevated me in all aspects of my life.

Z: Have you ever thought about becoming a candidate for Mr. Hornet prior to last week? Why or why not?

J: Yes and no. I&#8217;ve always envisioned the possibility of being nominated, but I never thought I would actually be a nominee! I want to possibly earn this title based off my genuine aroma. I feel as if things on this honorary level should organic and heartfelt; I just want my peers to truly believe in me and to see the great qualities within me.

Z: Who or what do you look up to as a role model or an idol?

J: I look up to one of our notable alumni, DeMarco Morgan.

Z: What advice can you give to your fellow Booker T. peers for a successful high school career?

J: To my fellow Booker T. Washington peers, to have a successful high school career you must stay optimistic! High school will have its ups and downs but it is up to you to stay encouraged and hopeful. Your current situation will never determine your future, your mindset does.

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Zaria Mangrum
description: "MacKenzie Tolliver Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with MacKenzie Tolliver"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3474.jpg
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The Taliaferro Times photographer and interviewer Zaria Mangrum took time to interview MacKenzie Tolliver about her nomination for Miss Hornet. Tolliver answered questions about what being Miss Hornet would mean to her and also how she hopes to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Zaria: What does success mean to you?

MacKenzie: Reaching and exceeding all your goals in all aspects of life. I want to look back on my life in twenty years and say that I accomplished everything I wanted to.

Z: What values are important to you as a student and potential Miss Hornet?

M: Faith. I&#8217;ve always been a faithful person because having something to believe in is security. Relationships. Feeding off other people&#8217;s energy. I live my relationships with my family and friends. What&#8217;s the point of living life if you don&#8217;t have people around you to have fun with and learn from them? Equity. Things function better if everyone is equal. I feel that everyone should have equal opportunities in life.

Z: What activites and clubs are you interested in?

M: Cheer, volleyball, community service especially is something that make me feel good and I love doing it. I did YPI for three years and I&#8217;m in NHS.

Z: Have you ever thought about becoming a candidate for Miss Hornet prior to last week? Why or why not?

M: No, definitely not. When I was an underclassman, upperclassmen would mention that I would be a nominee at the least.

Z: Who or what do you look up to as a role model or idol?

M: My mom and my grandmother. My grandma is always so giving and compassionate; she works for others and she&#8217;s appreciative of life. My mom is dedicated and hard working and her morals and values are always pure.

Z: What advice can you give to your fellow Booker T. peers for a successful high school career?

M: I just want to say that there&#8217;s no place as accepting and loving as Booker T. Don&#8217;t just go to school here but live in it and be yourself because in the end it will be worth it.

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Hailie Tanner
description: "Myles Dement Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Myles Dement"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3489.jpg
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Hailie Tanner, a freshman member of The Taliaferro Times, interviewed Myles Dement about his Mr. Hornet nomination. He answers questions about what the nomination means to him, his personal growth at Booker T., as well as his plans for the future.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Hailie: Why is being nominated Mr. Hornet important to you? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Myles: It is an honor being part of such a long-standing tradition here at Booker T. I am still very shocked at the amount of people who nominated me and I will forever be grateful for the support.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: What are your plans after you leave Booker T.?</span>

M: My plan when I leave The Hive is to study film production at the University of Southern California.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: How has Booker T. helped you grow as a person?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">M: Booker T. has helped me learn how to understand different types of people. Additionally, I have become less introverted by attending this school.<br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: What is your favorite part of the BTW community? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">M: The acceptance of everyone’s perspectives on life, even if they don’t necessarily agree with them.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: What do you like to do in your free time?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">M: I like to listen to music, hang out with family, watch Netflix, edit film, and more<br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: What is one goal you see yourself accomplishing in the future? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">M: One goal would be giving back to those who have given to me before.<br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: Is there any advice you would like to give to underclassmen? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">M: All your grades count from each year. The worst epidemic of freshman year is believing that it doesn’t count and students allowing themselves to slack off, because it will follow you through your transcript the rest of your academic career<br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">H: What is a fun fact about yourself?</span>

M: I like spaghetti and ice cream.

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date: 2018-09-12
author: Jenna Teyrien
description: "Zoe Brewin Interview"
tags: ["interview", "btw-news"]
title: "Interview with Zoe Brewin"
image: /wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG-3479.jpg
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Jenna Tayrien, a Taliaferro Times interviewer, spoke with Zoe Brewin about her Miss Hornet nomination. She asked questions about school, her personal life, what she sees for herself and Booker T. in the future, and what being Miss Hornet would mean to her.

Jenna: Why is being nominated Miss Hornet important to you?

Zoe: In is such an honor to represent such an outstanding group of people as a Miss Hornet nominee. Knowing that my peers were kind enough to consider to nominate me for Miss Hornet made the Miss Hornet nomination so much more important to me.

J: What are your plans after you leaver BTW?

Z: After leaving BTW, I hope to go to college in the northeast and go to medical school to become a pediatric surgeon.

J: How has BTW helped you grow as a person?

Z: BTW has given me so many opportunities, most importantly the opportunity to meet the amazing hornets that I talk too every day. I have been able to take part in a variety of things, from organizing Freshman Orientation to accompanying the Speech and Debate team to state.

J: What is your favorite part of the BTW community?

Z: My favorite part of the BTW community is how loving and accepting they have been towards me.

J: What is your favorite subject in school?

Z: My favorite subject in school is French with Mme Leonard, because we learn a little about all humanities subjects in that class. Mme has taught us about history, English grammar, and current events, while teaching us how to perfect the French language at the same time. French class demonstrates the multifaceted educational experiences of BTW.

J: What do you like to do in your free time?

Z: In my free time, I like to read, go to BTW football games, hang out with my friends, and cook.

J: What is one goal you see yourself accomplishing in the future?

Z: In the future, I see myself working hard to get a college degree.

J: What is one way you would like to give back to the school?

Z: To give back to the school, I would like to help out with students getting ready for college and volunteer at BTW events.

J: Is there any advice you would like to give to underclassmen?

Z: To the underclassmen, I would say: “Learn how to prioritize and balance the things that are important to you. Make sure to do your best in school, but also make time for family and friends. Try, if you can, to find time to relax!&#8221;

J: What is a fun fact about yourself?

Z: A fun fact about me is that I am a dual citizen: half American, half Canadian.

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  Bl(i)nk
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  <em>by Calamus</em>
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It glared at her.

Blinked incessantly.

Taunted, teased her.

_What are you going to do?_ it whispered.

She lifted a finger to—

_You sure about that?_ it goaded.

Fingers hovered, trembling; teeth dug into chapped lips. She was sure, wasn’t she? Tired eyes closed slowly, shutting out the insolence, this entity of doubt. The blinding whiteness.

What had they told her? To stay true to herself, to follow her heart. Believe, trust, dream. _Platitudes to mislead the weak-hearted,_ another voice muttered. _There is nothing here but me. Surgeon’s hands, engineer’s mind, comedian’s wit. This cross is mine to bear._

_Why?_ A knife striking stone would have been more pleasant than the voice that returned.

_Another could carry your cross in the palm of their hand. Let it fall from your shoulders. Why bother stumbling under the weight you weren’t meant to carry?_

_Because…_ She felt her lip curl, not a grimace, and yet not a grin.

_I chose it._

Eyes snapped open. Fingers raced across the keys, unstoppable as her thoughts spilled onto the page. Pages, chapters accumulated. Characters lived, loved, then died. A new reality was born.

And the cursor never doubted again.

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September 13, 2018.

This story was written as a part of our September-October &#8220;Spooky&#8221; theme.

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Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a [Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) license.

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Click over into the BTW News section on the website to view all the interviews, or select a specific link here:

Mr. Hornet:

[Myles Dement](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-myles-dement-by-hailie-tanner/)

[Joshua Edwards](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-joshua-edwards-by-zaria-mangrum/)

[Truman Pipestem](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/11/interview-with-truman-pipestem-by-george-markert/)

[Iyan Smith Williams](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-iyan-smith-williams-by-george-markert/)

[Deanrea Sykes](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-deanrea-sykes-by-raven-arterberry/)

Miss Hornet:

[Zoe Brewin](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-zoe-brewin-by-jenna-teyrien/)

[Cassidy Chase](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-cassidy-chase-by-shateryn-lampkin/)

[Brooklynn Douglas](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-brooklynn-douglas-by-jenna-teyrien/)

[Amri&#8217; Littlejohn](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/11/interview-with-amri-littlejohn-by-betsy-martin/)

[MacKenzie Toliver](https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2018/09/12/interview-with-mackenzie-tolliver-by-zaria-mangrum/)

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_As a little introduction, this is the first of a new weekly post I&#8217;ll be sharing every weekend. I plan to include a variety of content including my own creative writing, others&#8217; writing that I find interesting or insightful, news that is relevant to myself or others, and other items of note._

**My Work:**

_Haiku, upon hiking at Greenleaf State Park:_

> Little flow long dry
> 
> Made alive again by us
> 
> Crossing to explore

_Haiku, upon seeing a group of wilting flowers on the first day of autumn:_

> These fading flowers
> 
> Made more beautiful by death
> 
> Mem&#8217;ry unblemished

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**Others&#8217; Work:**

_An Ancient Greek Proverb:_

> A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

&nbsp;

**BTW News:**

Amri&#8217; Littlejohn and Joshua Edwards were chosen as BTW&#8217;s Mr. and Miss Hornet.

&nbsp;

**Local News:**

The Gathering Place is amazing, go visit: [The Tulsa World](https://www.tulsaworld.com/gathering-place-attractions/collection_3bf6c432-bcf3-11e8-bde3-67aa91e06ee7.html#1)

Jania Wester was selected to temporarily take the District 2 school board seat, which includes BTW!

**Other News:**

Google lets third parties read, and even share, your Gmail messages: [The Wall Street Journal](https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-says-it-continues-to-allow-apps-to-scan-data-from-gmail-accounts-1537459989)

Google workers considered altering the search engine to counter certain opinions and promote others in regard to Trump&#8217;s travel ban: [The Wall Street Journal](https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-workers-discussed-tweaking-search-function-to-counter-travel-ban-1537488472)

The U.S. Continued to support Saudi Arabia, even as S.A. continues to exacerbate the worst global humanitarian crisis ever in Yemen, because of fears that it would impact billions of dollars in weapons sales: [The Wall Street Journal](https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-u-s-diplomat-backed-continuing-support-for-saudi-war-in-yemen-over-objections-of-staff-1537441200)

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  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ever wondered about love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because I have.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I think about how I hate myself</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And how I hate my smile and all I want is to be accepted.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">But every day I ask myself one simple question</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Will anyone love me today?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do I have to brave it on my own?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">This weight on my shoulders that presses down</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harder and harder until</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I can’t breathe</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">All I want is for someone to tell me</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">That it’s all gonna be alright</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And wrap their arms around me</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hardest thing I have ever done </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is to smile and act like I am okay</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And people ask me why I keep to myself </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">They think I am just shy</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it’s really to protect them </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">From the storm brewing in the pit of my stomach.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">People worry that they will snap me</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">If they tell me their problems</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">But I&#8217;m already snapped and sad beyond belief</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wonder what love is</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ever wondered</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The simple question</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">And if</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">There</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Will</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Someone</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">To</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Love </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Me.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Maybe telling someone something vital on Halloween isn’t a great idea. Especially when you tell a boy you like him at school. So, yeah, not the greatest idea. But that is exactly what 16-year-old Autumn Morrison had done. Her best friend had witnessed the whole thing and thought it was hilarious.  Autumn had been walking down the hall at the end of the day with her friend, Artemis, when she saw Oliver Hart at his locker. Artemis smiled and quickly walked over to Oliver and Autumn started calling her friends name quietly</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Artemis! No</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">what are you doing?”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Artemis ignored Autumn and proceeded to tap Oliver on the shoulder. Oliver turned around and smiled his smile that made Autumn feel different from every other girl.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey ‘Mis. Autumn. What’s up?”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well me and Autumn were wondering if you wanted to come to a haunted house with us tonight</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Autumn walked up at that point, because she had been lagging behind, and said to Oliver, her voice small. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well, not a haunted house, more like a party, but the theme is a haunted house. I’m going to shut up now.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Oliver smiled and said, “I’d love to.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh, and Oliver&#8230;I like you,” Autumn blurted out and then covered her mouth with her hand. Oliver just walked away and Artemis was doubled over in silent laughter.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Good going ‘Mun.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Later…</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey ‘Mis, where’s Autumn?” Oliver yelled over the noise of the music and Artemis pointed to where Autumn, dressed as a Greek goddess, stood.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thanks!” he yelled, walking over to Autumn. When he got there she set her drink down and meant to slip away, but Oliver grabbed her wrist and spoke</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">in her ear so she could hear him</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“For what it’s worth, I like you too.”</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">August 6th, 1945</span>

 <span style="font-weight: 400;">Hiroshima, Japan</span>

 <span style="font-weight: 400;">Thirteen-year-old Shigeko Sasamori was at school. The sky was a beautiful, clear blue, and the sun was shining. Looking up, she saw a silver plane in the sky: a B-29. Of course, in the moment, she didn’t know what that meant. Out of the plane dropped something small and white. A parachute, maybe. Shigeko watched as it fell towards the ground. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Darkness. No sound. Her body numb. Mere seconds after the atomic bomb had been ejected from the plane, the city of Hiroshima lay in ruins. Thousands of lives ended. Many of them children. Shigeko saw people throwing themselves into a nearby river to stop the excruciating pain of the radioactive burns on their bodies. When her mother found her, she did not recognize her child, so bloodied and burned was her face. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Seventy-three years later, that same face looked out over a crowd of students at Booker T. Washington High School. It shared its story not from the perspective of a woman in her eighties, but from that of a thirteen-year-old girl who persevered after her life had been forever changed. Shigeko Sasamori is one of the strongest advocates for world peace. She is a “force of nature” who sees the beauty in human life and demands that it be protected. As she gave her testimony, she left the audience with a beautiful message of humanity when she said, “We are all human. When I smile, you smile back. We have different bodies, but underneath we are the same.” As a Hibakusha, the Japanese term for the atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Shigeko has witnessed the world at its very worst. Yet, she still stands tall. “No more war!” is her cry to rally this new generation into an era of peace. As time progresses and the Hibakusha grow older, it is time for us, the children of today and the warriors of tomorrow, to stop fighting each other, and instead, begin fighting for peace.<br /> </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It is our right to live in a world free of nuclear weapons. It is our right to live in a world free of war. It is our privilege to listen to survivors like Shigeko Sasamori, to learn how to better ourselves, and to make the future bright. </span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Childhood cancer is a horrible thing to experience and it is an illness that many people do not pay attention to. Did you know September is childhood cancer awareness month? Every September a walk is held, sponsored by doctors and families of children who have fought or are fighting cancer. It is a huge fundraiser and a time to get together. It is also a time to remember those who have fought the good fight and lost. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">We all have our heroes and mine are those who are fighting a battle much bigger than themselves. I was able to talk to six kids, and teens, that had cancer. I asked a basic series of questions and the answers all varied greatly but underneath each of these answers I saw a kid who has gone through so much more than I could have imagined. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The first person I interviewed was Jonah White who is 16 years old. He was diagnosed at age 5 with Osteosarcoma and, due to his cancer, he lost his lower leg after a lower knee amputation. When asked about his experience, he replied, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think God gave me cancer to be an example to others.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Now, nearly 11 years later, he is still a shining example to others. Jonah also has a sister named Joy who is seven years old. Joy was diagnosed at age 3 with Leukemia. While she was too little to remember much one thing stands out, besides the fact that little Joy survived. She found a family who loves her. And as they say, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Through Jonah’s journey we found Joy.” </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">For those of you who went to Carver, you may remember Mr. Williams. Do you know about his eleven year old daughter Arleah Williams? She was diagnosed at age 7 with Leukemia and is still currently fighting. When I asked her what changed she replied: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My hair falling out [because of radiation treatment].&#8221; She also said that she does not think about why she has cancer over someone else. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ruthie Cameron, age 10, is yet another survivor of cancer. At eight months old, she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor and relapsed at age 3. She told me she’s grateful that she doesn&#8217;t have to go</span> to hospitals as much and she is able to do more in her life. It was pretty spontaneous and she doesn&#8217;t remember much.

Fifteen year old Kaylie Reed was diagnosed at age 2 with leukemia and survived. A lot of things have changed for her since then, one being the fact that she does not have to visit the hospital as frequently anymore.

Last but not least, I would like to introduce Richard Lee Weber, age 11. He was diagnosed at age 3 with Wilms Tumor stage 4. He said that his whole life changed and that he only wonders why him from time to time. All of these kids have gone through so much. Childhood cancer does not just affect the child, but it also affects their families as well. These kids have been given so much love from their parents and siblings through all of their trials. I commend everyone who has endured this experience. Reagan Ballard, Amy White, Cory Williams, Catherine Isaac, Johanna White, Sarah Weber and so many more. They are all heroes in their own ways, as are the children that have gone through so much in such a short time. They are all heroes, every last one of them.

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_As a little introduction, this is the second of a new weekly post I&#8217;ll be sharing every weekend. I plan to include a variety of content including my own creative writing, others&#8217; writing that I find interesting or insightful, news that is relevant to myself or others, and items of note._

**My Work:**

_Haiku, seeing my beautiful labradoodle in the fading summer sun:_

> You shine in the sun
> 
> Like gold itself a puppy
> 
> You are bright as light

**Others&#8217; Work:**

[A section of this Digest was removed in respect of the wishes of the writer.]

Our October spooky theme is off to a great start at the Taliaferro Times. Check out the most recent posts on [the home screen](http://thetaliaferrotimes.org).

**BTW News:**

It&#8217;s Homecoming Week! The theme is _Hornets Attack the_ Pack! The Schedule:

> Monday: Holiday Day!
> 
> Tuesday: Senior Citizen Day!
> 
> Wednesday: Celebrity Day!
> 
> Thursday: Coronation Day! Get ready for some Mr. and Miss Hornet celebrations!
> 
> Friday: Outrageous orange and black!
> 
> _Note: All Students must follow the [TPS Dress Code](http://bit.ly/2zKGLDX)_

**Local News:**

It&#8217;s almost flu season. Last year, Oklahoma was widely impacted. Make sure to get vaccinated.

Some are still considering the consolidation of school districts in Oklahoma. [The Tulsa World](http://bit.ly/2zKOmCf)

High-point alcohol is now available in grocery and convenience stores around Oklahoma (for 21+ year-olds only). [The Tulsa World](http://bit.ly/2zKODoL)

**Other News:**

A tsunami is devastating Indonesia. [The Wall Street Journal](https://on.wsj.com/2zJJdui)

Elon Musk is out as Chairman of Tesla, but remains as a powerful CEO. Analysts believe it will actually help bring stability to the electric car maker. [The Wall Street Journal](https://on.wsj.com/2zJNJc1)

California has mandated that women be included on corporation&#8217;s boards, even if it is &#8220;likely unconstitutional, a violation of California’s Civil Rights statute, and a violation of the internal affairs doctrine for publicly held corporations.” Though it has the best intentions, it is wrong to go about creating gender diversity by mandating it. Instead, states could implement &#8220;incentives, tax breaks or preferential government treatment if [corporations] reach certain diversity thresholds.&#8221; [The New York Times](https://nyti.ms/2zJqVsT)

Sunday, September 31st, 2018.
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**Nate Ijams&#8217; Opinion:** California has mandated that women be included on corporation&#8217;s boards, even if it is &#8220;likely unconstitutional, a violation of California’s Civil Rights statute, and a violation of the internal affairs doctrine for publicly held corporations.” Though it has the best intentions, it is wrong to go about creating gender diversity by mandating it. Instead, states could implement &#8220;incentives, tax breaks or preferential government treatment if [corporations] reach certain diversity thresholds.&#8221;

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<span class="">Dr. Bello’s belly button blossoms breath and blithe,</span>

<span class="">The swing it sends across my heart slashes as a scythe.</span>

<span class="">His navel knows nothing more than nothing short of none,</span>

<span class="">And drives a dent in dauntless doves that dance below the sun. </span>

&nbsp;

<span class="">His cleanly kept cavity corrodes chemistry of heart;</span>

<span class="">His tummy trench contests treasure troves and museums full of art.</span>

<span class="">And the hairs above the belly hole that guard the naval’s glisten</span>

<span class="">Sing their serenade to anyone who’s there to listen.</span>

&nbsp;

<span class="">His stomach crater flees furtively for fate that’s far from view,</span>

<span class="">But those who are blessed to see it claim it difracts every hue.</span>

<span class="">So when he gives his lectures, of which he has quite many,</span>

<span class="">I only have one thought in mind一is it an outie or an innie?</span>

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by Ian Benway

Fall of 2018
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> How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies &#8211; [NPR](https://n.pr/2DUnJiv)
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<p style="text-align: left;">
  Burning leaves fill the sky
</p>

<p style="text-align: left;">
  Traveling upwards
</p>

<p style="text-align: left;">
  On a solar systemic pathway
</p>

Galaxies pass by

Stars fly away in wonder

Twinkling eyes blink

Once then twice

Now three times

The leaves are turning to ash

In a sea of stellar blue

Ships sail pass soundlessly

Alone in the silent universe

I dance

With constellations mirrored in my mind

Finding a place in this world

Where I can be free and turn to ash

As I please

Just like the burning leaves
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">The earth is broken</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">We made it that way</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“We&#8217;ll fix it eventually”</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">That&#8217;s what they say</span>

&nbsp;

<span style="font-weight: 400;">But they all lie</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They don&#8217;t know</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">What lies beneath</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The polar snow</span>

&nbsp;

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The melting ice</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The rising heat</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Mankind will see</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Their own defeat</span>

&nbsp;

<span style="font-weight: 400;">For what&#8217;s beneath</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">That polar ice</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Is something cold</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And not very nice</span>

&nbsp;

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Monsters will come</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ones never seen</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">In the scariest of thoughts</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Or the darkest of dreams</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Monsters who eat</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">At our minds and hearts</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They&#8217;ll eat us alive</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And tear us apart</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">But what’s much worse </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Is not what they&#8217;ll be</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">But much worse is that</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They&#8217;re inside you and me</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">When the earth is gone</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And everything&#8217;s done</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The monsters will know</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They&#8217;ll know they&#8217;ve won</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Shadows crawl ever closer</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Echoes of screams lace these walls</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Dusty light through yonder window breaks </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">As gruesome deities its figures make</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Shudders rake my shoulder blades</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">In darkness, once my friend</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">These curtains won’t hold out the frights</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They’re meant to hold me in</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">With wit I am armed </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I steel my mind</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Against the pounding of tricker-treaters</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And brave my silver screen</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">As Jack Torrance chases wife and son</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And demons steal my sanity</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">This is Halloween.</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Fall. Oh how I could describe fall. The frigid air after months of  blazing hot, the red yellow and orange leaves that fall to the ground after losing their striking green, falling in love with the grey sky, or falling in love with someone else over coffee and a warm blazing fire. The spirit of Halloween and the faint taste of pumpkin from thanksgiving. The decorations the world provides, the green of the watered grass, the leaves that have fallen from the trees transitioning from the scorched land</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">s</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">of summer. The pool days we trade for movie nights under blankets. It&#8217;s hugs from ghosts and candy ridden kisses. Cold noses and warm hands, shorter time in the sun and longer lazy days in. Wide eyed and amazed year after year we take in the orange of the standard jack-o&#8217;-lantern and the warm feeling when you&#8217;re tired and full of turkey on thanksgiving night. The spirit of fall lies in the activities that make us laugh and feel connected. The hayrides and haunted houses, a cuddle after a chilly day and the smell of the early morning dew. Fall is all of this and more. Fall is a time when we celebrate differences, and when our differences come out to play.</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class=" wp-image-1829 alignright" src="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3642-Edited-300x300.jpg?resize=365%2C365&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="365" height="365" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3642-Edited.jpg?resize=300%2C300&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3642-Edited.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3642-Edited.jpg?w=639&ssl=1 639w" sizes="(max-width: 365px) 100vw, 365px" data-recalc-dims="1" />On August 17th, 1988, Hispanic Heritage month was enacted into law in the United States. It is celebrated every year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, beginning on September 15 and lasting through October 15. On Monday, October 15, Booker T. Washington High School hosted their own Hispanic Heritage celebration assembly. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The assembly commenced with a cultural fashion show. Those on the runway were significant people of the Latino American culture. First up where Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Both were labor leaders who fought for the rights of farm workers. Together they co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Next up was Sonia Sotomayor and Ruben Salazar. Sotomayor is the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court. Salazar was a Mexican-American mainstream journalist who is considered to be one of the founders of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Then came Sylvia Mendez and Roberto Clemente. At 8 years old Mendez played a vital role in the </span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">Mendez v. Westminster </span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">case. The case argued that having segregated Mexican schools was unconstitutional. The lawsuit was successful and paved the way for fully integrated schools. Clemente was a professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in MLB. He became the first Latino American player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Next was Frida Kahlo and Vicente Fernandez. Kahlo was a very influential Mexican artist who painted portraits inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico, and many self portraits. Fernandez is a Mexican singer, actor and film producer. He is nicknamed “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">El Rey de la Música Ranchera” or The King of Ranchera music. Finally came Selena and Oscar de la Hoya. Selena was called the Queen of Tejano Music and was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Oscar de la Hoya is a professional boxer. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">After the fashion show, two members of Latin American Society performed traditional Mexican folkloric dances involving very colorful and flowy dresses. Following this came many young women of Latin American Society displaying their Quinceañera dresses. The traditional Quinceañera celebration signifies the transition between being a young girl to becoming a woman. The final forms of entertainment included a cover of the song “Por Un Amor” and a lip syncing of  “Remember me” from the movie </span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">Coco</span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">. To conclude the assembly many members of Latin American Society danced bachata and huapangos. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The assembly was a great way to share with the school the Hispanic culture and express the diversity present in our school. </span>
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_<img class=" wp-image-2036 alignright" src="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?resize=215%2C279&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="215" height="279" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?resize=231%2C300&ssl=1 231w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?resize=768%2C999&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?resize=787%2C1024&ssl=1 787w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?w=1459&ssl=1 1459w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/jose.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 215px) 100vw, 215px" data-recalc-dims="1" />&#8220;Sí, se puede.&#8221;_ ~ Motto of the United Farm Workers of America.

October is a month to celebrate. Starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the people of the Hispanic community in Tulsa, the country, and  all over the world. It is a time of remembrance for all those great leaders who fought for acceptance within their community. To commemorate this month, our Editor-in-Chief, Betsy Martin, interviewed a prominent member of Booker T.&#8217;s Latinx community and leader of Latin American Society, José Arriaga. They discussed his connection to the Hispanic community as well as his own personal motivations for his deep involvement as well as the importance of the Hispanic community in Tulsa and the rest of the world. Arriaga proposed ways to strengthen the community and promote a sense of pride within it. Here is what he had to say:

Betsy: <span style="font-weight: 400;">What are some extracurricular activities you are involved in?</span>

José: I am currently fully committed to Latin American society because I’m a senior leader. I am present every time we get together.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What are your plans for the future?</span>

J: I plan on taking advantage of the two free years TCC [Tulsa Community College] offers and then transferring to OSU [Oklahoma State University] and following a career path in civil engineering.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is your family’s cultural heritage and why is Hispanic Heritage Month important to you?</span>

J: My parents are Hispanic, more specifically Mexican. Hispanic Heritage Month is important to me because it depicts my culture and who I am.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What are two words you would use to describe Tulsa’s Hispanic community?</span>

J: Two words I would use to describe Tulsa’s Hispanic community are united and diverse.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What is your favorite part about the Hispanic community in Tulsa?</span>

J: La Plaza. It has amazing food and little stores. It’s like a Hispanic mini-mall.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: In your opinion, who is one of the most prominent Hispanic historical figures?</span>

J: Cesar Chavez.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What are some of the biggest events that bring the Hispanic community together in Tulsa?</span>

J: The Cinco de Mayo festival and September 16th, which is Mexican Independence Day.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are a few ways the Hispanic community has changed Tulsa and made it as diverse as it is today?</span>

J: Our restaurants bring different foods to Tulsa and our churches bring our faith.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is one place in Tulsa that you believe highlights the Hispanic community as a whole?</span>

J: La Plaza on 21st and Garnett. You can eat there, shop, pay bills, and get help with insurance among other things.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: What are a few problems that the Hispanic community faces? What solutions do you believe people our age can use</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">in order to resolve these issues?</span>

J: Ignorance is a big issue in my opinion. A lot of Hispanics are so focused on working and and sending money back to their home countries that they don’t look at what’s going on around them. When something happens, they don’t know what to do. Fear is also an issue. They don’t do certain things because they are afraid something bad will happen to them or their family. A way young ones can help is by translating and just supporting the adults, guiding them and making sure they understand what’s going on. We are the voice for our parents and family.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are a few ways that we can bring more recognition to the Hispanic community?</span>

J: Acknowledgment. Just seeing how hard we work and acknowledging our effort.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">B: Do you have any advice for those who aren’t interested in learning about or celebrating their heritage or those who might be ashamed of it?</span>

J: Anybody interested in learning about our culture can simply come to Latin American society with an open mind. Those ashamed, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, be proud of who you are and what you represent.

Thank you so much, José, for giving an insight into the Hispanic community that Americans are surrounded by every day. It is a culture that is, and always has been, so beautiful, diverse, and inspirational.

_&#8220;If you have a dream, don&#8217;t let anybody take it away.&#8221; _~ Selena

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The children slowly got onto the bus and went to their own seat. Friends sitting with friends, some rushing through forgotten homework, others with music blasting into their ears. Each of them no less eager to get to school than I was for the race that day. I had challenged Toby, route 2121, to a race around town. After a little while, we arrived at the school, and all of the children reluctantly got off the bus. My race was in half an hour, so I quickly filled up my tank and headed to the other side of town. Sometime later I arrived at the starting line. Waiting for me was Route 2121, a large smirk on his face.

“You actually came!” Toby said.

“I wouldn’t pass up the chance to beat the self-proclaimed best bus driver,” I replied.

At that moment, the horn signaling us to get ready went off. We both got into our buses and revved up our engines. Over the intercom I hear the announcer give his spiel:

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome today’s drivers, Route 2121 and Route 5103! If they are both ready, then we will get under way.”

“I’m ready,” we both replied.

“Alright. On your mark, get set, GO!”

In a cloud of smoke, both buses sped off into the distance.

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  <strong>Final Interviews With Amri&#8217; and Josh</strong><strong> </strong>
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We chose them to be our representatives. They accepted, willingly and gracefully. Now, their legacy is memorialzed in the halls of Booker T., showing students and faculty for years to come exactly who BTW High School is and what we stand for. Amri&#8217; Littlejohn and Josh Edwards, we applaud you for your excellence. <img class="size-medium wp-image-1897 alignright" src="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?resize=300%2C296&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="300" height="296" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?resize=300%2C296&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG-3709.jpg?w=420&ssl=1 420w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Two of our interviewers, Zaria Mangrum and Woodrow Wilson, took the time to ask Josh and Amri&#8217; how being chosen as Mr. and Miss Hornet has changed them and how it has affected their futures. Without futher ado, here are their replies.

Amri&#8217; Littlejohn &#8211; Miss Hornet

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Woodrow</strong>: So, how did you feel when you heard the news that you were the new Miss Hornet?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Amri&#8217;</strong>: I was so honored and filled with a joy that is immeasurable. It&#8217;s a warm feeling to know that your peers think so highly of you. To be a representative of this magnitude is absolutely wonderful!!</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: I, myself, was very happy for you. Second question: how has this election affected your personal life?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A</strong>: Thank you so much! This election has been a great big mirror for me! I constantly think about how much I&#8217;ve grown. Eight-year-old me would have been so proud and far more understanding of the trial I was going through at the time. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: Great! Alright, third question: how proud are you of the speech you gave? I thought it was a very moving speech. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A</strong>: Thank you! That&#8217;s exactly what I wanted. I wanted the hive to feel the amount of love that I have for this school. I wanted people to relate to me as much as possible and they did. To share my Booker T. journey with other hornets, especially new hornets, and it was an honor in itself and I&#8217;d do it again. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: Now, is there anyone you want to acknowledge? For example a friend, family member, etc?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A</strong>: BIG SHOUT OUT TO GOD for keeping me and  keeping the one&#8217;s I&#8217;m in contact with.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thank you Mrs. Waugh for your genuine love. Thank you Mr. Cherry for speaking life to me. Shout out the speech and debate team, Tessa Machete is the business! John Benson gives the best hugs on Earth! I love you Jalyn Marston!</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: So, what responsibilities come with the title of Miss Hornet? Why do you think you have these responsibilities?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A</strong>: As Miss Hornet one is to hold the responsibility of spreading the Hornet truth. By being the epitome of school spirit, hard working, and loving to fellow Hornets. I think I have these responsibilities more so than any other senior. Now I&#8217;m Miss Hornet and the entire school knows it, I&#8217;m no longer just another a senior, but the senior chosen by my student body to represent OUR Booker T. Washington.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: That&#8217;s very beautiful, I&#8217;m so glad you feel so much pride for the school. Moving on, how do you think being Miss Hornet will affect your life (For example, in college?)</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A</strong>: BTW is an amazing school and being known as the one who embodies drives me to work even harder than I already have been, and it will reflect well on resumes! </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>W</strong>: Thank you so much for your time!</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Josh Edwards &#8211; Mr. Hornet</span>

**Zaria**<span style="font-weight: 400;">: How does it feel to know that your peers voted you Mr. Hornet? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Josh**<span style="font-weight: 400;">: It feels great because to think that so many of my peers think highly of me and I was surprised. It&#8217;s unexplainable how I feel. My heart is melting and I&#8217;m so glad that they have me a chance to be part of Hornet history. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z**<span style="font-weight: 400;">: Now that you have won, what advice can you give anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">I say to always make a genuine impact on someone and be a light in their life because you never know what other are going through. Be genuine and stay true to who you are as a person. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you think anything is going to change for you n</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ow? If yes what? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">No and yes in a sense of everyone is watching me now. But other than that no. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">What positive contributions are you currently making or can you make to the school and to the community?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">People have said that my speech touched them and my personality affects them as well. When I was younger I was bullied and now that I&#8217;m here, I like to try to make people comfortable and push them to be themselves and elevate their confidence because Booker T. is a place to be yourself. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">What was going through your head when you found out that you are now our 2018 Mr. Hornet? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">It was definitely a wow moment. At the moment I was like “wow what wonders god can do.” I also realized that he was there with me. If I didn&#8217;t get the opportunity to be Mr. Hornet I still wanted my speech to impact someone.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">So far what do you think is the best thing about being Mr. Hornet? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">Visually seeing my love and support around me and people love seeing the person I am today. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">How do you think you were able to win this title? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">God first, my genuine aura, and the way I treat </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">others went a long way, but most of it was God. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**Z:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">Did you have a support group? If so, who? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span>**J:** <span style="font-weight: 400;">God of course, he&#8217;s always first and my family and friends were there supporting me the whole time.</span>

To Amri&#8217; and Josh, we at _The Taliaferro Times _would like to give a final and heartfelt congratulations to them for being the best representatives of Booker T. and for being true to themselves, genuine in the face of many, and full of love and unending support for their peers.

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On August 28th, 2018, Amy Shelton resigned from her position as the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Educcation District 2 representative, leaving an open gap for those who have the skills. Several people signed up for the job including Ronald Barr, a businessman, Jenny Plaster, a real estate agent, Alvin Okonkwo, an employe at a charter school, Gary Copper, another businessman, Jania Wester, a director at Communities in Schools, and Robert Howard, a teacher at TU. District 2 includes Kendall-Whittier, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, Sequoyah and Springdale elementary schools, along with Carver middle school, Rogers high school and our very own Booker T. Washington high school. Applications were due by August 31st and on September 4th the contenders gave their five minute long speeches to the board of education.

First up was Jania Wester*, who had brought 121 people, most of whom are hispanic, live in the Kendall-whittier neighborhood, and are a major portion of District 2. She spoke about her more than 20 years of experience in the neighborhood; from being a teacher at Kendall-Whittier elementary, to working as the managing director of communities in schools. In response to criticism from some opponents, she also spoke about how working in Communities in Schools is not a conflict of interest because the organization no longer accepts money from the Board of Education. Even so, the public may still believe that there was a conflict of interest. Her main point was to provide representation for the latin-ex community. Wester addressed that in District 2, 44% of the district is Latino, and there has never been a District 2 representative that is Latino.

The second applicant was Alvin Okonkwo, who works at a charter school also applied for the seat. He brought with him around 20 people to cheer him on, each one of them snapping throughout his speech, ”We approaching a point in history where we must take a critical look at our greater community and solidify our commitment toward progress. When I arrived in Tulsa, I met 30 kindergartners that would alter the trajectory of my life. My intention is to apply and eventually run for the Tulsa Public Schools District 2 board seat, because I believe in education as a bridge for the future.”

After those two were Jenny Copper and Robert Howard. Each of them had their own reasons to apply but who&#8217;s resumes did not compare to what the previous two had done. Additionally Ronald Barr, after giving his two minute long speech, revealed that he did not even live in district 2, immediately disqualifying him from the race.

After hearing all of the applicants it was clear that only the first two had a chance to reach the next level of consideration by the Board as they both had the support of the community and both were the only ones with history in education. Although this was prevalent, the Board decided to abstain from voting and would further interview each and everyone of the candidates and question them about any possible conflicts of interest.

After interviewing each candidate, the board decided to meet up again on September 17th to announce their decision. Sadly, Alvin Okonkwo was disqualified because it was found out that he had not registered to vote the required six months before submitting his application. This left the board with only one good option, and on that day, September 17th, Jania Wester was appointed for a vote by Ms. Ruthann Fate. Dr. Cindy Decker quickly second the motion, with Ms. Jannette Marshall being the first to vote, saying that she did not support Wester because Jania Wester’s husband had once paid for a trip she had gone to and she considered that as a conflict of interest. Mr. Gary Percefull decided to abstain for the same reason. With two of the board members voicing their opinion, the rest of the board all voted to have Jania Wester be the district two board of education representative. The vote ended up being 5-1 with one abstaining.

The board quickly had Mr. Eric D. Wade, the attorney, give her the oath.

_“I Jania Wester, hereby declare, under oath, that I will faithfully perform the duties of the board of education of  independent school district number one tulsa county oklahoma with the best of my ability, and that I will faithfully discharge all of the duties pertained to said office and obey the constitution and laws of the United States and Oklahoma.”_

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* Disclaimer: Markos Wester-Rivera is the son of Jania Wester. The Editors have determined that his reporting does not contain bias in favor of Mrs. Jania Wester and reports all information factually.
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_<span style="font-weight: 400;">This urban legend is one of the most famous in Mexico and is very popular and Southern state</span>__<span style="font-weight: 400;">s such as Texas. It is said that this is based on a true story and it occurred at a time before Mexico was even established as a territory. </span>_

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">La Llorona, also known as Maria, was a caring woman full of life and love, who married a wealthy man who lavished her with gifts and attention. However, after she bore him two sons, he began to change, returning to a life of infidelity and alcohol, often leaving her for months at a time. He no longer cared for Maria, he would even talk about leaving her to marry a woman of his own wealthy class, which she was not a part of. When he did return home, it was only to visit his children and the devastated Maria began to feel resentment toward the boys.One evening, as Mar</span>ia was strolling with her two children on a shady pathway near the river, her husband came by in a carriage with an elegant lady beside him. He stopped and spoke to his children, but ignored Maria and continued to drive the carriage down the road without looking back.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">After seeing this Maria went into a terrible rage, in doing so she seized her two children and threw them into the river. As they disappeared downstream she&#8217;d realized what she had done and ran down the bank to save them, but it was too late. Maria broke down into inconsolable grief, running down the streets screaming and wailing. Not long after her death, her restless spirit began to appear, walking the banks of the Santa Fe River when darkness fell. Her weeping and wailing became a curse of the night and people began to be afraid to go out after dark.</span>

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  <strong>Kuchisake Onna</strong>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>The slit-mouthed woman goes back to the late-1970s in Nagasaki, Japan. <img class="size-medium wp-image-1939 alignright" src="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook2.jpg?resize=300%2C164&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="300" height="164" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook2.jpg?resize=300%2C164&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook2.jpg?w=500&ssl=1 500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></em></span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">There once was a beautiful woman who was married to a fearless samurai and one day he caught her being unfaithful to him. To make her pay for her adultery he slit her mouth from ear to ear and then said to her, “Who would think you&#8217;re pretty now?” So if you see a Japanese woman with a surgical mask on and she asks “Am I pre</span>tty?” be very afraid and careful of your answer.

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  <strong>Slender Man</strong>
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_<span style="font-weight: 400;">This urban legend is one of the most viral and popular legend being spoken about to this very day. Slender Man was created back in 2009 by Eric Knudsen for a contest on this website, Something Awful; specifically, Knudsen designed Slender Man for the “Create Paranormal Images” thread, which was calling for participants to photoshop existing photographs. <img class="size-medium wp-image-1940 alignright" src="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook3.jpeg?resize=300%2C150&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="300" height="150" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook3.jpeg?resize=300%2C150&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook3.jpeg?resize=768%2C384&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook3.jpeg?resize=1024%2C512&ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/spook3.jpeg?w=1200&ssl=1 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></span>_

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The Slender Man started off as a tall, creepy, slim, spider-like figure photoshopped into seemingly benign pictures of kids playing. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Slender Man entered the realm of urban legend, morphing from an internet concoction into a wood-dwelling boogeyman who preys on children. He stalks mostly kids in the woods, luring them into a trap and eating them like a spider devouring flies. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s been many scary incidents and crimes of Slender Man. In May 2014, two Wisconsin girls were accused of stabbing their classmate because they believed that doing so would please the fictional Slender Man and prevent him from harming their families. Many more murderous crimes have been committed because of Slender Man since his creation. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">This urban legend is pretty crazy and scary but personally I don’t believe in it and it’s been established that the fictional character: Slender Man is not real! So relax. There is no tall skinny man stalking you in the woods&#8230; but maybe someone else.</span>

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Introducing _The Taliaferro Times&#8217; _baking column, Whisking with Woodreaux by Woodrow Wilson. We hope you enjoy our fun and seasonal recipes! For October, we are bringing to you pumpkin spiced pumpkin cookies. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Cookies:

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<figure id="attachment_2032" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><img class="wp-image-2032 size-medium" src="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?resize=300%2C169&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?resize=300%2C169&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?resize=768%2C432&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?resize=1024%2C576&ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?w=1600&ssl=1 1600w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/election.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo of Jania Wester</figcaption></figure> 

<span style="font-weight: 400;">On August 28th, Amy Shelton resigned from her position as the District 2 representative, leaving an open gap for those who have the skills. Several people signed up for the job including Ronald Barr, a businessman, Jenny Plaster, a real estate agent, Alvin Okonkwo, an employe at a charter school, Gary Copper, another businessman, Jania Wester, a director at Communities in Schools, and Robert Howard, a teacher at TU. District 2 includes Kendall-Whittier, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, Sequoyah and Springdale elementary schools, along with Carver middle school, Rogers high school and our very own Booker T. Washington high school. Applications were due by August 31st and on September 4th the contenders gave their five minute long speeches to the board of education. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">First up was Jania Wester, who had brought 121 people, most of whom are hispanic, live in the Kendall-whittier neighborhood, and are a major portion of District 2. She spoke about her more than 20 years of experience in the neighborhood; from being a teacher at Kendall-Whittier elementary, to working as the managing director of communities in schools. In response to criticism from some opponents, she also spoke about how working in Communities in Schools is not a conflict of interest because the organization no longer accepts money from the Board of Education.. Even so, the public may still believe that there was a conflict of interest. Her main point though, was to provide representation for the latin-ex community. Wester addressed that in District 2, 44% of the district is latino, and there has never been a District 2 representative that is latino.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The second applicant was Alvin Okonkwo, who works at a charter school also applied for the seat. He brought with him around 20 people to cheer him on, each one of them snapping throughout his speech, ”We approaching a point in history where we must take a critical look at our greater community and solidify our commitment toward progress. When I arrived in Tulsa, I met 30 kindergartners that would alter the trajectory of my life. My intention is to apply and eventually run for the Tulsa Public Schools District 2 board seat, because I believe in education as a bridge for the future.”  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">After those two was Jenny Copper, and Robert Howard. Each of them had their own reasons to apply but who&#8217;s resumes did not compare to what the previous two had done. Additionally Ronald Barr, after giving his two minute long speech, he revealed that he did not even live in district 2, immediately disqualifying him from the race.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">After hearing all of the applicants it was clear that only the first two had a chance to make it as they both had the support of the community and both were the only ones with history in education. Although this was prevalent, the board decided to abstain from voting and would further interview each and everyone of the candidates and question them about any possible conflicts of interest.   </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">After interviewing each candidate the board decided to meet up again on September 17th to announce their decision. Sadly Alvin Okonkwo was disqualified because it was found out that he had not registered to vote the required six months before submitting his application. This left the board with only one good option, and on that day, September 17th,  Jania Wester was appointed for a vote by Ms. Ruthann Fate. Dr. Cindy Decker quickly second the motion, with Ms. Jannette Marshall being the first to vote, saying that she did not support Wester because Jania Wester’s husband had once paid for a trip she had gone to and she considered that as a conflict of interest. Mr. Gary Percefull decided to abstain for the same reason. With two of the board members voicing their opinion, the rest of the board all voted to have Jania Wester be the district two board of education representative. The vote ended up being 5-1 with one abstaining.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The board quickly had Mr. Eric D. Wade give her the oath.</span>

_<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I Jania Wester, hereby declare, under oath, that I will faithfully perform the duties of the board of education of  independent school district number one tulsa county oklahoma with the best of my ability, and that I will faithfully discharge all of the duties pertained to said office and obey the constitution and laws of the United States and Oklahoma.”</span>_
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 <span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2054 alignleft" src="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/7E5AA48D-CB7C-4234-97C0-F887BF145979.jpeg?resize=151%2C300&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="151" height="300" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/7E5AA48D-CB7C-4234-97C0-F887BF145979.jpeg?resize=151%2C300&ssl=1 151w, https://i1.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/7E5AA48D-CB7C-4234-97C0-F887BF145979.jpeg?w=372&ssl=1 372w" sizes="(max-width: 151px) 100vw, 151px" data-recalc-dims="1" />The freshmen hornet highlight is Victoria Harris. Victoria is involved in many extracurricular activities such as Swim Tulsa and All metro. She is also involved in school activities and clubs such as SOFA, orchestra and BTW swim. Her favorite class is AP government but she also does well in biology. Some of her favorite things include: discussing politics and government, </span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">Black Panther</span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">, crepes, and reading. She does exceptionally well in school and is one of the smartest people I know. She has straight A’s and she a very open heart. She is a caring person and fun to be around and talk with. When you get the chance or see her in the hallways say hi!</span>

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As October begins to wind down and the leaves begin to change, now is the chance to take a moment and reflect on all the wonderful, exciting, and crazy events this month has brought to the Hive. Whether it be winning our Homecoming game against Shawnee 54 to 0 or celebrating the wonderful diversity of our school through the Hispanic Heritage assembly, October has been a busy month for all of us.

I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has made _The Taliaferro Times _possible. First and foremost, to Tara Waugh, our sponsor, I would like to say thank for believing in our project and giving us the support needed to go above and beyond expectations. To Nate Ijams, the co editor-in-chief, I would like to give my unending gratitude for being able to do all the things that I am unable to, whether it be formatting an entire website or merely solving an AP Statistics problem. To all the writers, editors, and photographers, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your effort, strong work ethic, and capability. It&#8217;s not an easy job to meet a close deadline, but you all manage beautifully and without you, this paper would cease to exist. Lastly, thank you to our readers who give us the positive reinforcement that we need to keep moving foreward. Every single one of you makes our mission possible: making Booker T. a place where your voice matters.

Sincerely,

Betsy Martin

_The Taliaferro Times _

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Nate Ijams. a man who has been at the top of his class since elementary school. In high school, he has participated in many clubs and organizations and risen to the top in each of them. He is the co-facilitator in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Newspaper club, a member of the NHS board, the president of Amnesty International, was the first chair violinist for the Tulsa All Metro Orchestra, and a member of Green Team, Spanish Club, and the Teen Advisory Board. With all of that, Nate still has time to read and do full IB. It is a privilege to have this amazing student at Booker T. Washington High School. This is why Nate Ijams has been chosen to be the junior Hornet Highlight for the month for October 2018.</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2020 alignleft" src="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?resize=300%2C200&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?resize=300%2C200&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?resize=768%2C512&ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?resize=1024%2C683&ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?resize=177%2C118&ssl=1 177w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i2.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erica.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" />My name is Erica McAlester. I am a senior of the phenomenal class of 2019. I am truly honored to have had the experience of attending Booker T, and personally wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The amount of clubs that one can be apart of is limitless. I am President of Women Empowered, Co-President of Good Vibes Only, a member of National Honors Society, STUCO, African American Society, Select Choir, Hornet Ambassadors, and Fellowship Of Christian Athletes. After highschool, I plan on attending a university. I have options of where I would like to attend, but regardless of where I continue my educational journey I know that Booker T has given me a great foundation to stand on going into the real world. I will most definitely miss being apart of the loving atmosphere at the Hive, and all of the many memories made with teachers and friends that I will surely remember down the road. It is the people around you that help make the Hive an amazing place, which is why I would like to tell all underclassmen to get involved and to have fun. If you’re worried about what others may think, stop and be yourself. Every Hornet should be able to look back on their high school years and miss that “Hornet Swag.”</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2025 alignleft" src="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/k.jpg?resize=225%2C300&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/k.jpg?resize=225%2C300&ssl=1 225w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/k.jpg?w=750&ssl=1 750w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" data-recalc-dims="1" />Kelanni Edwards is sophomore here at the Hive. If you don’t know her by name, you might remember her by the amazing poems she writes and performs. She is a member of Women Empowered, vice president of African American Society, and is trying to reinstate a poetry club at Booker T. In her free time Kelanni enjoys writing poetry, drawing, volunteering with children at her church, and dominating the stage with her amazing voice. When asked what inspires her poems, she responded that she started writing as an outlet for pent up anger and frustration. When so many people felt that they could relate to her poetry and became emotional hearing it, she began writing to help others find their emotional outlet.</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">October 13, 2018 8:10 a.m.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ahhhh!” I yawned loudly waking up Midnight.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sorry Midnight, you know I’m loud when it’s morning,” I smiled as I petted him staring at me with his vibrant green eyes.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You know Midnight, you have very wonderful eyes for a cat. It reminds me of a four-leaf clover on a grass plain field,” I complimented him as he stretched and purred with gratitude.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I looked around me seeing red and yellow leaves on my dark oak wooden floor. And on my blue tiny rectangle bed. There were about nine or eleven leaves everywhere like they were little kids hiding from me. But I wasn’t so surprised because I already got used to having them come inside all the time. I mean it is the middle of fall afterall. And perhaps the godly winds blew them inside my tree house through the circular windows like it was sign to get up from bed.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hmm&#8230;perhaps indeed,” I mumbled.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well time to get ready for school!” I enthusiastically said as I went to my small closet full of wicked clothes.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">There was four shirts, one uniform with a skirt and a tie, two sweaters, one long-sleeve shirt, and one black boots. Most of my clothes were and blue and black so I guess I’ll go for the black uniform with the blue skirt. And of course my only shoes, my favorite black boots. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Huhh! I really need to buy more clothes,” I sighed as I looked at myself in the mirror.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Meow,” Midnight agreed as he eats his cat food in a small black bowl on the floor. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">My uniform shirt that I was wearing was a white button up shirt with black buttons and a stripes turquoise tie. My skirt was dark-blue with black stripes. And my socks that I wear almost everyday was high black and white stripes socks. They were tall as my kneecaps. I looked at myself one last time and thought I need something else to fit my whole uncanny outfit together.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hmm…” I thought patiently looking inside my closet.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ahh! Of course,” I gasped with excitement as I reached my blue cardigan sweater and putted on.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I forgot I had this, Midnight,” I claimed as I putted on. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“MEOW! MEOW!” Yelled Midnight as he was bouncing on the clock. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh my gosh!! I’m going to be late!” I anxiously said rushing to get my brown bag on and opening the door to get out.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bye Midnight! Thank you! I love you!” I quickly expressed to him as he sticks his tiny pink tongue at me like a anteater. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">As I got out of the treehouse I suddenly was falling seeing the autumn leaves on the ground. I was about to hit face on the ground until I felt a energy inside me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ylf!” I echoed with might as I floated in the air with blue lights around me like an astronaut in space.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whoew! I have got to get use to that,” as I floated down touching the ground full of red, orange, and yellow leaves. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The blue lights faded away from me like dust so I began to run, hoping I wouldn’t be late for school. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was passing the tall dark oak trees like I was leaving them to die, feeling the breezy wind flow through my Lapis hair. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Good thing I’m wearing my combat boots, knowing how much I would run,” I thought to myself as I head outside the evergreen forest to the road. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I then took a break from running almost two in half miles and estimated how much time I would to make from school by walking. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okay, Evie. It is 8:46 a.m. and school starts at 9:05 a.m. So I have about  twenty minutes or so to make it there,” I calculated in my head as I was coming closer to the streets.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“If I keep running I will possibly have a couple of minutes early. But if I use a spell to get me there quick and fast like a lightning. I can definitely arrive at school very early and have plenty of time to get to my locker,” I thoughtfully planned out in my head as I was on the sidewalk near cute-tiny houses. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okie, time to focus Evie!” I determinedly said in my head as I felt eternal magic in my veins, traveling through my cells like a subway.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The clouds above me turned dark as the abyss and thunders where screaming like a angry dragon. For this forecast today a storm is coming and the storm is me!</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hsalff! gnit-“ as I was being interrupted by a faint voice near me as my magic started to faded away like a UFO flying home. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Little Evie is that you?” Called Grandma Rose outside of her tiny yellow house putting on her circle glasses. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh hi! Grandma Rose! I forgot you lived in this street haha…” I stalled as I was hoping she didn’t see me casting a spell and know who I really was. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I heard some loud thunders, looks like it’s going to rain today?” Wondered Grandma Rose as she looked at the clouds. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yeah! Seems like the weather is bipolar, going to sunny and gloomy hmm…” I stalled even more just to make sure she doesn’t have any suspicion about me.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Aren’t you going to be late for school little Evie?” She asked me with a worried face with a wrinkle smile. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh yes! Your right, I’m going to be super late if I don’t go now bye!!” As I ran away from her like a squirrel hunting for acorns. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Haha bye sweet Evie!” She waved at me going inside her house as I turn back and saw her long-elegant yellow dress with her short white curly hair bouncing like kids on a trampoline.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bye grammy…” I lyrically said as I thought about her giving me joy. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I finally ran a little further away from Grandma Rose’s house and went behind a big bush tall as a building. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okie, I’m sure now no one will seem,” I assured myself and focused on my magic building up inside me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I felt my magic again flowing through my veins and then saw the clouds above starting to get dark. I took a deep breath like I had no air left and thunders was dentinating with booms! I felt my eyes getting wider, feeling immense power. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Boom! Boom!” Roared the thunders. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hsalff gnithgit! Hsalff! Gnithgit!” I echoed like a mighty goddess from the heavens as blue lightnings strikes me as a present from Zeus. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Zap!” As I was sent through the abyssal clouds in sky and transported on the ground by Pompeii Middle school in the back where no could see me. I got teleported so fast, it felt like a really fast roller coaster. It was quite fun but do smell something burnt… oh well. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I went inside and saw lots of pre-teens waiting by their class to start. The school looked like a wooden mansion with big classrooms and a big cafeteria. I passed everyone as they looked like I was late which I am 3 minutes early before class starts. I went to my locker on the 2nd floor and 3 tall girls standing in front of my locker. How annoying. I walked up to them like a blue jay looking at 3 giraffes. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Excuse me, can I get to my locker…” I kindly said as they gave me a nasty glare. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hahaha! What won’t you make us you blue freak! Who dressed you? Your mother? Or a Halloween store?! Hahaha!” As they try to intimidate me with jokes that aren’t funny at all. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Listen girls, since you don’t have common sense. I really need to get to my class now!” I raised my voice without fear as my tone changed from sweet to cold. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whatever you freak! Come on girls let’s get away from a new kind of disease in Rome called toxic blueberry hahaha!” As they laughed and walked away. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally! I can have some peace. I literally just got to school and I already have to deal with tall-skinny giraffes. I got my books and went to my English class seeing Mrs.Watts in her red dress and greeting her with a smile. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It was 11:25 p.m. lunch has started. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was already tired from school that I stuffed my face with mash potatoes and chicken nuggets. Plus to make lunch better I brought fresh blueberries from home. I mean I have to have something healthy to eat as eat like a messy pig. After I was done with my food I threw it in the trash but as I was going to the trash can I saw the three tall giraffes again by the vending machine harassing a short girl with two pigtails. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey! Get away from her!” I demanded as I walked to them like a queen. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh not Blue freak again! Haha!” Reminded the other giraffes. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“What are you going to do little-miss blue shortie?” Asked one of the girls hovering above me like a T-Rex. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why won’t you leave her the hell alone and we’ll see what I’ll do…” I threatenly whispered to their ears with a echo of fear. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Uhh…” mumbled one of the girl looking at the others for help. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whatever freak! Let’s go girls,” as they quickly left whispering to each other.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Are you okay? Red” I asked the short red-hair girl with freckles as she smiled at me.  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes thank you so much,” she blushed as I lifted her off the ground. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hate people like that, did they hurt you?” I asked as I stared into her light caramel eyes.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“No I’m not just a little bruise hehe,” She giggled as she touched her pale cheeks. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Here’s your glasses,” I told her as I picked it off the ground and handed her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you, you’re so kind hehe” She joyfully smiled. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well take care! Don’t let those bullies get to you,” I waved as I walked away. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Wait! What’s your name?” She demandly asked with a sad look on her face. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hehe Evie, Evie Pines,” I smiled with love. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Evie…well my name is Caroline Saine!” She hollered  at me as she blushed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">3:35 p.m. school ended.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was walking home alone admiring the big dark oak trees in the forest by my treehouse. The sky was gloomy but still blue. I passed by Grandma Rose house hoping I would see her but she was probably sleeping. So I kept on walking until I heard leaves crack like someone stomped on it. The noise was behind me, it could be an animal but my intuition says otherwise. I knew I was being watched and followed but I didn’t who. So turned around and looked around carefully with my eyes wide full of concentration. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Who’s there?!” I asked openly like I was speaking to children&#8217;s. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Then I felt a heavy power near me, I can tell it was someone who has a lot of magic in them. But who would have magic in this town but me? As I was on guard to say a spell. Then I heard the noise coming closer like someone running to me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Erif-“ as I was about say a spell I saw Caroline scratched up with blood.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh my gosh! Caroline you scared me!” I claimed as she smiled. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sorry hehe! I wanted to surprise you,” She joyfully said. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You covered in blood! Are you okay?” I sincerely asked. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s fine, this forest is just really big,” She proclaimed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“C’mon lets get you healed,” I assured her as she followed me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Where are we going?” She asked as she looked around the forest like a baby duck. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re going to my home to heal your injuries of course,” I established. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You live in the big forest?” She wondered.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes I do, is that a problem?” I questioned with a stern look. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“No no no! I think it’s cool and different hehe,” She giggled with despondent for me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thanks! But hey why were you following me all the way from school? You could’ve come up to me and we could’ve walked together,” I told her as her face got gloomy like the clouds. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well one that’s no fun and wanted to surprised by scaring you hehe! And also I don’t really have any friends and I don’t know… I just really want to hang out with you… for standing up for me,” She confessed with tears. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Aww! It’s okay, you can definitely hang out with me anytime,” I proclaimed as I hugged her feeling that she was cold and timid. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">We kept walking and finally made to my treehouse. There was no ladder or a way to get up by human at least so I had to figure out what to do to get Caroline up there. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I told her to find some leaves that she thought was beautiful around the first but near the the treehouse. She joyfully agreed to it and started finding as looked at my tree house that was 15 feet high. Concentrating on my magic, coming up with a spell that will form a ladder or just something that can get me and Caroline up there. I was standing in front of the tree feeling my magic flo through my body and veins. My eyes turn bright blue as the color of Neptune. I took a heavy breath in and out. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Reddal!” I echoed with intensity as the branches of trees around the treehouse broke down and started to form and dark oak wood ladder. Wood by wood it formed. Blue lights was around me and the treehouse hoping Caroline didn’t see it but-</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Woah! This is so beautiful…” She gasped as she admire the lights like stars as it starts to fade away. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh yeah fireflies! Their always around here at this time,” I claimed as I try to make a excuse hoping she would believe me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hmm… wow! I’ve never seen fireflies like those, they looked so magical I wish I could see it again,” She astonishingly said as she came closer to me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well look here’s the ladder, I had to attach it and kinda build it on,” I lied as she gave me suspicious look like she knew.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okay! Let’s go,” She proclaimed as she started to climb up the ladder and entered the treehouse.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Meow! Meow…” Midnight said hi to me then looked at Caroline. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hiss! Hiss!” He hissed at her like she was going to kill him. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Midnight stop it! She’s my friend,” I told him as Caroline hid behind me like a scared child.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hiss!” He kept hissing as he felt threatened by Caroline. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Midnight then ran across the room like a cheetah on rabies and had his sharp claws out looking at Caroline like she was dinner. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rwaaaarrr!” Midnight screamed as he rushes to me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Midnight stop its me! Midnight!” I terrifyingly said as held my hand out. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Noomus!” I casted a sleeping spell on him as he was knocked out on the floor. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“What in the world gotten into you?!” I asked him as he sleeps. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Umm…” mumbled Caroline as I turned around and saw her in shock. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well this is awkward…” I awkwardly said as I putted both my hand behind my back. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ahaha I knew it!” She laughed at me with her wide yellow eyes. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Uhhh…what?” I confusingly said as I was happy she wasn’t freaking out. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“It all makes sense now! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!” She enthusiastically said as she held my hands. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Your a witch. aren’t you,” She seductively said as she looked into my eyes like we were lovers. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Umm&#8230;no haha I’m not!” I claimed as I was clearly lying badly. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Aww you blush when you lie,” She observed as she touched my warm cheek. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Your veins, your eyes, your magic!” She announced one by one. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“They all scream witch to me or a wizard hehe!” She giggled as she looked around my room. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okay fine! I’m a witch but please don’t tell anyone!” I demanded in a serious tone. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Don’t worry I won’t. Swear,” She replied. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You promise, you absolutely promise on your life Caroline!” I intensely said. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes I promise Evie. Promise till I’ll die,” She smiled at me as I blushed with fury. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Llet hturt!” I echoed as I casted a truth spell on Caroline. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Umm what just happened?” She asked and saw blue lights around her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I casted a truth spell on you so that I can tell if you are lying to me or not,” I explained as she smiled wickedly at me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hmm&#8230;lecnac!” She echoed with grace as I saw red dusk around her and her eyes turned red like a blood moon. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Umm what the fuck was that?!” I shockingly said as stepped away from her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hehe! Surprise!” She joyfully said. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’re a witch too?!” I asked as my mind was blown. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes hehe! Looks like this town has room for one more witches than I thought,” She proclaimed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not going to lie Caroline you don’t look the part,” I honestly said hoping she won’t take offense. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Haha I know, I try not to look like one but you on the other hand… wow just wow! How can you be more revealing,” She teased me as I got a little mad. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey! I like the way I dress little miss sassy witch!” I whiningly said like a 5 year old. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Haha I’m kidding I like the way you dress. I think you look beautiful,” She complimented as I blushed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I mean c’mon Evie what kind of a normal person lives in a treehouse in the middle of the forest with a black cat as a pet named Midnight and has a ton of spellbooks on their shelf?” She pointed out as I gave her a stern look. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Okie you may have a point there you little raccoon observer,” I teased her as she smiled thinking she’s smart. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“But what kind of a person follows a person all the way from their home without saying anything?” I contradictly said. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“The kind of person who is curious enough to see if that person is a witch like the person following the person!” She argued as I made a duck lip face. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“And I was right too! But honestly I just want to hang out with you that’s all…” She kindly said in a mourn expression. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Aww! It’s okay we are hanging out haha,” I joyfully laughed as she turned happy. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I then looked at her arms and legs and saw no scratches or blood anymore like it had disappeared. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hey, what happened to your injuries? It completely disappeared,” I asked as she felt her arms and legs. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh hehe! I healed them already when I was finding leaves outside. I used a healing spell,” She explained. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh wow! Okay. You know I can feel immense magic power coming from you. It’s honestly quite terrifying,” I told her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh that’s weird I feel a tremendous magic power from you but it’s not scary to me. It kinda makes me feel sad&#8230;” She confessed to me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh,” I thoughtfully said as I took off my uniform and sat on my bed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why do you say that?” I asked her as I yawned. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t really know I just do,” She honestly said as she took off her boots and sat next to me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well I’m getting really tired hehe,” I exhaustingly laughed as I got under my blue blanket and layed down like a sleepy lamp. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Me too haha! I’ll let you go to sleep. It’s already night time,” She called as she stood up and got her boots. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Wait! Caroline. Do you want sleep with me? I don’t want you to walk all the way home through the forest and get hurt especially since it’s dark,” I explained in a sleepy tone. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hehe okay! I didn’t want to be alone anyways,” she confessed as she laid next to me like a sister. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well goodnight then,” I tiredly said as I closed my eyes. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hehe I’ll turn off your lanterns for you. Phoph.” She whispered as the lights turned off. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you friend,” I kindly said.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was so tired of everything that happened today. It really drained me and especially me for using my magic a lot. Even though I have a lot magic in me. I found out my new friend is a witch and that Midnight hates her lol. But everything will be better tomorrow. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Then a little later when I closed my eyes and thought Caroline was asleep. I opened my eyes to check on her and saw her yellow eyes staring at me. Eye to Eye. It was the most creepiest thing I ever seen but then she closed them and snored. Which was even more creepier. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Maybe she was sleepwalking? Or something? But I was too tired to even worried and just slept like a hen waiting for the sun to come up. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It was the next day. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Caroline had left already probably getting ready for school. Midnight was still asleep from my spell or the spell wore off and he’s just sleeping. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I left for school and was hoping to see Caroline at lunch since we didn’t have any class together but I didn’t see her. I wonder where she was. But I started walking home making a stop to Grandma Rose to greet her with her polka dot dress and her sweet old smile. I always check behind me and use my senses to see if Caroline had followed me again but she didn’t. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was home playing with Midnight and practicing my magic all day long thinking about Caroline and I didn’t know why. Maybe because I was worried about her confronting Sarah, Liv, and Katie? Aka the three giraffes. But I didn’t need to worry anymore because I know she can take care of herself if things get out of hand. I mean she is a powerful witch after all. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Maybe I’m just curious or just really happy that there’s another witch in Pompeii than me and my mother. But for now just me and Caroline. </span>

 <span style="font-weight: 400;">   Few days have passed and I still didn’t even see Caroline or even the three giants. It’s like they all disappeared or something. I mean usually I see at least one of the giants everyday but nothing. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">This made me very suspicious and worried about Caroline so I took measures in my own hands like a Goddess. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I went in my treehouse and setted up candles all around my floor with a tiny blue spell book I got from my shelf and set it down. I looked for a piece of hair of Caroline in my bed and held it on my left hand. I then search in the the spell book for a detecting spell to show where Caroline location is. I read the spell out loud as midnight meows at me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Dnif sol vas Caroline! Dnif sol vas Caroline! Dnif SOL CAROLINE!” I echoed with tremendous might as the spell book floated with glowing blue lights around it and Caroline’s red hair. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The hair then turned into a blue glowing butterfly and started to lead a way. Which means the spell had worked and I just have to follow it to get to Caroline. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bye Midnight! I’ll be back!” I told him in a rush following the butterfly outside. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ylf!” I flew like the blue butterfly. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It was going kinda fast too flapping it’s whimsical wings. We past through dark oak trees with reddish-orange and yellow leaves falling on us like grenades. I felt the breezy wind through my aqua hair and my skirt was flopping like crazy. Oh I hope no one saw me! I was wearing my pumpkin underwear today. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">We finally made out of the forest and the butterfly leaded me behind the school where the woods were. When I was there I got really suspicious and worried. I thought to myself that Caroline could’ve  live in the woods because I live in the forest. But it far more worse than I thought as the butterfly disappeared into blue dust and I saw straight in front of me Caroline tied up on a wooden tree covered in blood and scratches with white salt under her in a circle. I rushed.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Caroline! Caroline!” I started crying as I shout for her to look at me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Evie&#8230;sto&#8230;stop…” She could barely speak as I came closer to hear and saw three people in black with a bird-like face coming out of the woods with green gas around them. They were coming closer to Caroline and I could see they were plague doctors. It was the most horrifying thing I even seen. One was holding a butcher knife, the other was holding gas bombers, and the other was holding a big net gun that looked heavy as an anvil. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I started to get goosebumps down my spine to my fingertips. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Run&#8230;Evie! Run!” Caroline screamed with pain and tears. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Let the witch hunt begin!” Announced one of the plague doctors in a deep voice as all three came running at me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to run from them out of fear. But I couldn’t. Caroline was in need of help and I have to save her no matter what. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I held my hands up feeling immense magic flow through my veins like cells. You could say I looked like a blue mutant. My eyes were wide and full of electric blue. I was surrounded by glowing blue lights like I was a star from space.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They came closer. Running like cheetahs.      </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“She’s using her magic!” One said in a timid voice as another was aiming the net gun at me like I a target.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Die you Witch!” They said in hatred as they fired the net. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ylf!” I echoed as I flew up and dodge the net like a fast athlete. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They reloaded and was aiming again as one pulled out four daggers out and was throwing it at me like a awkward ninja.ja. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I was dodging left and right. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Slith!” as one dagger cut some of my hair. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“OH now you’ve done!” I yelled in anger as they laughed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ll show you not to Fuck with a WITCH!” I loudly echoed to them in Godly voice as the clouds got dark with thunders booming.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Careful!” One said to the other as they splitted up.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stzzzssssszss! BOOM!” As lighting struck down to the plague doctors running. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“BOOM! BOOM!” As one by one came. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ahhhh!” One of them got struck as smoke came from their head and their skin burnt like crisps. It was completely obliterated to dust. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You MONSTER!!” Shouted one throwing gas bombs at me in the air that deniated. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Boom! Boom!” The bombs exploded at my legs and back. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It felt like I’ve been hit by a truck serval times. Then green smoke was around me and I was consuming it like a drug. I coughed and got dizzy.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I got her!” The plague doctor shot me down with the net gun as I was wrapped falling down like a bird who lost its wings. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I hitted the ground as I was struggling to get out. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They came surrounding me getting  a sharp butcher knife out. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stay away from me if you want to die!” I wickedly said as blood coughed out of my mouth and I had red teeth. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Shut up! Die you WITCH!” As they were about to stab me. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“ROARRRR!” A loud beast screamed making the two doctors cover their ears.  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I saw black smoke and lights flying in the sky and saw a giant black cougar with sharp teeth and green eyes. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Midnight!” I yelled happily.  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Tuc tuc. Tuc!” I rapidly echoed as the net got cut into pieces. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Midnight!” I yelled again running to him. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’re not getting away!” One doctor said as a knife was thrown and stabbed my back. Blood gushed out of my uniform. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“ROARRR!” Midnight screamed with anger and ran to the plague doctors like a cheetah. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh Fuck!” They terrifyingly said as Midnight gobble them up, tearing them into pieces and swallowing them like cat food. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I got the knife out of my back and tried to remembered any healing spell I could use to aid me.  Midnight came to me growing smaller and smaller to his original form. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Haha! You always save me Midnight,” I smiled with joy as he meowed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Leah flor!” I softly echoed as green lights was around me healing my wounds. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ahh much better!” I proclaimed as I just realized me and Midnight murdered three people. But mostly importantly I had to get to Caroline and hope she was okay. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Me and Midnight teleported to Caroline with a teleportation spell and saw Caroline still hanging and sleeping. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Leah Flor!” I casted the healing spell on her as her wounds erased like it never happened. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I got her off the tree and made her float. I then looked under and saw pounds of salt under her and kicked it away. Then she woke up.  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Evie!” She yelled as she fell to the ground. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry!” I cried hoping she wasn’t injured. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Your safe! Evie! Thank goodness, I thought you were going die…” She emotionally said as head was down. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“No haha! Those witch hunters have to try harder to kill this smart witch!” I smiled as I tried to make her happy. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hahahahahaahah! Right,” She hyseterically laughed. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“MEOOOWW!!!” Midnight screamed madly like he did in the treehouse. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“What is it Midnight?! Are you okay?” I worriedly asked as I see him looking at Caroline. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“She’s my friend Midnight, don’t worry!” I explained to him hoping he will understand but-didn’t. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">He ran to Caroline with his sharp claws out like he was going to kill her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mightnight Stop!!” I shouted as I saw Caroline smiled. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Eidtzo,” Caroline wishipered as Midnight jumped to her face and then got cut into pieces. Blood splatter everywhere as I was in disbelief. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“MIDNIGHT!!” I screamed with tears flowing down my face. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hahahahaha! Since I have my magic back from that stupid salt, hate to break it to you Evie. He was annoying,” She wickedly said. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Suddenly blue flames surrounded me like I was the sun. I felt on fire like 1000 degrees. My blood flowing with flames and my veins was fuse with boiling lava. You could say I had blue wings of a Phoenix. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“AHHHHHHH!” I screamed with anger as the ground shook like an earthquake and the clouds was roaring with mighty thunders. My eyes was were beaming blue lights, all I could see what blue and revenge. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Until. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Chik!” As a knife stabbed me in the middle of my chest absorbing my magic like a sucker. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">My heart was pounding. I started to hallucinate and got dizzy seeing 10 Caroline’s as I hit the floor. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oh Evie! Poor sweet easy to manipulate Evie! You actually think I wanted to be your friend? Haha please! There can only be one witch in Pompeii and that’s me!!” She announced as her eyes turned red as the devil. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why…” I could barely said as my eyes were starting  to closed, flashing my memories of the good times me and Caroline had. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hate to break to you Evie! But those plague doctors were Sarah, Vanessa, and Katy. They are my sisters well my foster sisters. But this all was a plan for you to die! And for me to take all your precious magic haha! You think my sisters would actually bully me?! Ahah! I put them on a spell to control like my puppets making you think I was a poor vulnerable girl, surprise! But no matter that. I finally have your magic into this dagger with your blood, oh! I can’t wait to taste it. Probably will tastes sweet! But this goodbye Evie! Farewell!” Caroline sinisterly said as she levitate a knife in the air getting reading to cut my head off until- I </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Little Evie is that you?” Said a familiar voice behind me as Caroline looked stunned as if she saw a ghost. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t know who you are but you better get away from my child!” Threateningly said a old voice sensing tremendous magic from the voice. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“You!” Caroline shockingly said in disbelief. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grandma Rose is about to teach you a lesson naughty witch!” As Caroline was tied of ground roots like chains covering around her. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grandma Rose…”I gratefully said as I cried for hope. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grandma…” Caroline mumbled as she was triggered by her name. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ll show you what a true witch is!” Grandma Rose declared with loud sirens screaming from heaven. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">TO BE CONTINUED.</span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Hello Hornets and welcome to the Hives first ever alternate reality game. You can call me Ace and </span>**1**<span style="font-weight: 400;">’ve begun to notice something strange happening around the Hive. Ever since Homec</span>****<span style="font-weight: 400;">ming people have been full of school spirit, a littl</span>**3** <span style="font-weight: 400;">too much school spirit. I believe tha</span>**T** <span style="font-weight: 400;">there h</span>**a**<span style="font-weight: 400;">s been an outbreak of School Pride, and there is on</span>**l**<span style="font-weight: 400;">y one cure. It is som</span>**e**<span style="font-weight: 400;">where in the school and I think I k</span>**n**<span style="font-weight: 400;">ow where it is hidden. I’ve lef</span>**t** <span style="font-weight: 400;">a trail of clues that have been coded so someone won&#8217;t find it accidentally. I’ve also left a little something for the first few people to find it. I will always sign off as the Ace of ? so that may help crack the codes. Good luck and always do your homework. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">-Ace of ?  </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">P.S. I find reading books always help me solve puzzles.</span>

_To submit an answer for the first riddle, please go to the comments section and leave your first and last name, your first hour class, and with your answer. _
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After a strong campaign, on November 6, 2018, Social Studies teacher John Waldron won the District 77 House seat. After spending a number of years as a teacher at Booker T. Washington, it is difficult for his students and coworkers to say goodbye. However, now he is able to fight for his students&#8217; futures and the future of Oklahoma. To commemorate his win, student and _Taliaferro _writer and editor, Christine Do, sat down with Mr. Waldron to have a few last words before he assumes his office.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: So, you’ve been elected as a legislator to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, is that right?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: Yes, that’s right. District 77.</span><img class="wp-image-2913 alignright" src="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wladron.jpg?resize=217%2C289&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="217" height="289" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wladron.jpg?resize=225%2C300&ssl=1 225w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wladron.jpg?resize=768%2C1024&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wladron.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/wladron.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 217px) 100vw, 217px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: So, what do you hope to accomplish in this role, and why is it important to you that you were elected?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: Well, I got into this because I… well, first of all, politics is local. I observed what was happening to Booker T. You know, we’re getting budget cuts, and our faculty was being squeezed, and classes were getting bigger, so I got involved. I started lobbying: I talked to legislatures whenever there was a funding crisis; there always seemed to be a funding crisis. The politicians would make excuses and say ‘Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about it’, and I guess I just realized that they weren’t going to listen to teachers who asked politely for more funding. They’re going to listen to people only when the people have the power to make them listen. So I started getting ready. I had been encouraged to run by my current representative, Eric Proctor. So, in October of 2015, I posted a little declaration on Facebook and I guess I’ve been running ever since.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: Do you plan on returning to teaching after your term, or at all?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: Well, I think I would like to teach in the fall semester. Since the legislature is only active in the spring, I do have eight months that aren’t committed t</span>o the legislature, so I’d like to find a school I can teach at. Oklahoma doesn’t let you teach in the public school system, but there are private schools where I could go.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: What will you miss most about teaching at Booker T.?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: I miss what Booker T. represents. You know, there’s this spirit of excellence and appreciation and it’s a really committed, purposeful place where people want to do better and want to be better. And I’ve really enjoyed the kids that have come through the classroom and all the chances we’ve had to grow and learn together. I’ll miss that most of all.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: If you were to improve Booker T., in part or in whole, what would you change? </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: We’ve got to change the way we relate to each other. We do have a great spirit here at Booker T. and everyone is a Hornet, but we need to do more to overcome barriers and boundaries between groups of kids. We need to revive some of the old traditions and customs that have made Booker T. great and remind ourselves that we’re not here just because of the IB program or to pass standardized tests or even to get into the best colleges. Booker T. has a social purpose of overcoming barriers and bringing people from all over the city together and learning from each other. We should do more of that.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: For anyone who doesn’t know you personally, what are three things you could say to summarize yourself?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: Let’s see. I come from a very large family. You should always start with family. I’m the eighth of nine children. I’ve been teaching for twenty-five years, even though I originally planned to work in the foreign service to work in American embassies around the world, because I had this epiphany when I was twenty-two or so. I was preparing for a career in international affairs, but what I really loved most was volunteering at a school on Wednesday afternoons. So I became a teacher and really have enjoyed it. I guess a third thing would be that I’ve always enjoyed teaching because it’s a place to fulfill your passions. You know, I love history, and I love the materials, and I love government and politics, and I love getting to open young people’s eyes up to the possibilities and those materials and I’m very passionate about what I do. I don’t feel like it’s just a job; this is a calling. But if we’re going to have good schools in the future, if the younger brothers and sisters of current Hornets are going to have good schools too, and if every kid in Oklahoma is going to have access to good education, not just the kids that go to Booker T., then we have to be prepared to fight for that. And what I think what I’m doing now is transferring my passion for learning into a passion for advocacy, for good public schools, for better policies that serve the people of my district, for decency. A government that works for everybody.</span>

C: What advice would you give to an aspiring teacher or politician?

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: Let’s start with teachers. Politicians are a whole other thing. For aspiring teachers it’s the most wonderful profession. Remember that it’s all about building connections with the students in the classroom. If you can do that, if you can let them know you care about them, then you can show them how to do the work that will help them learn and grow. It’s never just about th</span>e textbook or the test score: it’s always about meeting the needs of the kids in front of you, and they’re your most important resource. They’re going to teach you what they need you to do for them, and if you learn and you listen from the students, you can be a good teacher. As for a politician, you have to work hard. You have to get to know the people of your district, and at my level that means knocking twelve thousand doors in dogs and cats and rain and heat and more heat and snow occasionally and more heat. You’ve just got to get out there every day, talking to people, listening to people, and learning how to be their representative. In politics, your constituents are your most important resource. They’ll tell you what they need, and that’ll tell you what to do.

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: Finally, like the closing scene in a movie, what would be your final line as you stride into the sunset, away from Booker T. and into the future?</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">W: ‘I would not say do not weep, for not all tears are in evil.’</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">C: That’s all the questions I have. Thank you.</span>

_On behalf of the BTW student body, _The Taliaferro Times _would like to thank Mr. Waldron for his exceptional work as a teacher and wish him luck in the future. _
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Clown Fish</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Others laugh at you because of your name, </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you’re a joke to them. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">You soak up their impudent manner like a sponge,</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you’re an aberration. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They’re scared of different. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They’re scared of Others who doesn’t look or act like normal fishes in the ocean. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They know that you can destroy who they are, they know that you can make the ocean infused with anger and they know you can change it. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s why they’re all scared of you! </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you’re a freak. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you’re unique.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Just keep swimming, just keep swimming</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t look back and frown dear fish. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">They always leave you in the end clown fish. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Let them drown. </span>

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Dear Booker T. Washington High School,

You are ‘the best public high school in the state of Oklahoma’ and better known as “The Pride of the Great Southwest.&#8221; Many kids dream of going to this school, with many having generations of family that have attended The Hive. You offer so many different things for so many different people, never letting anyone feel left out. Personally, one of my favorite things about this amazing school is that everyone is always included. No matter the interest, race, gender, or religion. There is something for everyone. You want to learn to speak German? There is a class for you. You want to empower men and women? There is a club for you. I love that everyone can feel so accepted at such a stressful but impactful stage in life. Sometimes, there are insecurities that can make everything much more difficult. That is why I’m so glad I go to Booker T. Washington High School, a school full of diversity, opportunities, and acceptance.
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_Eliza Sowle is a senior member of The Hive. She was selected as the December Hornet Highlight because of her love<img class="size-medium wp-image-2918 alignright" src="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG-3853.jpg?resize=216%2C300&#038;ssl=1" alt="" width="216" height="300" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG-3853.jpg?resize=216%2C300&ssl=1 216w, https://i0.wp.com/thetaliaferrotimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG-3853.jpg?w=652&ssl=1 652w" sizes="(max-width: 216px) 100vw, 216px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> for BTW and her wonderful character that make her an important part of our school. _

_When asked about what she likes about Booker T., Eliza responded with: _

&#8220;What I like about Booker T. is the sports, the classes, and the diversity. I have never been at a school where people become so involved and passionate about sporting events like they do here and taking part in it is a lot of fun. Especially pep rallies! I am grateful for all the courses that Booker T. provides and the AP and IB classes. I myself take IB Portfolio Art and love it! Mr. Roberts is a great teacher and it’s one of my favorite classes! The diversity at Booker T. really sets it apart from other schools and it’s amazing that so many different people and cultures can come together in one place to form the student body.&#8221;
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Please I beg of you</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t try to get inside of my head</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">You won’t be able to find your way out again</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because there is no light and you’ll get lost</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s dark in there And I can’t light a candle</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The demons living in my head snuff it out</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I can’t seem to keep up my hopes</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And all I want is for someone to understand what it’s like</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">People tell me who there heros are</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Mine is my heart</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It shouldn’t be beating</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s been played, stabbed, cheated, burned, and broken</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">But it’s still beating.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s truly amazing.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">With every 11:11 on the clock and every shooting star</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I wish for this pain to be healed</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">There once was a time when the roses were red and the violets were blue</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The sugar was sweet and so were you</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">But the roses have wilted and the violets are dead</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The sugar bowls are empty</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And my wrists are stained red.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I almost showed you my scars but now I am glad I didn&#8217;t</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I don&#8217;t think you would understand.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">So I gave up long ago</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And now the demons roam in my head. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And I don&#8217;t care anymore.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">I just have one question:</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">If I were to die would you look to the sky and say goodbye</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Or would you even look back</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And remember who that one girl </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Was that hid in the corner</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you made her feel worthless.</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">During this month of November when we celebrate thankfulness we should also acknowledge Native American Heritage Month. On August 3, 1990, George H.W. Bush declared November as National American Indian Heritage Month. The month is held in observance of programs, activities, and ceremonies important to Native American culture. This month is a great platform for Native Americans everywhere to share their music, dances, songs, stories, languages, history, struggles, celebrations and so much more. </span>

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<span style="font-weight: 400;">“The author is not merely an artist; she is also a subtle psychologist who can see into the hearts of her characters.”</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8211;  </span>_<span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duel</span>_

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Thanksgiving</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Sweet apple scents fill the air</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Friends and family will soon be there</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The fire crackles and fills the air with warmth</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The timer on the oven goes off</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The eating never stops</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">As our eyes close we dream</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Of many a sweets with wrappers that gleam</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Families gather around</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Football after morning cinnamon rolls</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Little kids with sticky fingers in candy bowls</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And gathering around the fire</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Gold and silver tinsel</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">The sound of tapping pencils</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">As lists with Christmas wishes</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Make there way from hand to hand </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">And in lines parents will stand</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">All of this done with families</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">To celebrate the holiday seasons</span>
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D content/old/2018-12-03-whisking-with-woodreaux-november.md => content/old/2018-12-03-whisking-with-woodreaux-november.md +0 -137
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---
date: 2018-12-03
author: Woodreaux Wilson
description: "recipe for scones"
tags: ["btw-news"]
title: "Whisking with Woodreaux"
image: /uploads/priscilla-du-preez-444000-unsplash.jpg
imageDescription: "Scones"
---


<p style="text-align: center;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">This month’s treat: Pumpkin Scones and Homemade Hot Chocolate</span>
</p>

<p style="text-align: center;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Recipes from Martha Stewart and Binging with Babish on YouTube</span>
</p>

<p style="text-align: left;">
  <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">In November, food is very celebrated, and because of that, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">there are two recipes instead of one! Great for cold nights or a pumpkin-themed breakfast. </span></em>
</p>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Hot Chocolate:</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ingredients:</span>

<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">2 Parts Whole Milk</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 Part Heavy Cream</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 Part Evaporated milk (or sweetened condensed milk)</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">½ Cup of Cocoa Powder </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">70% Dark Baking Chocolate</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">½ Cup sugar </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 teaspoon of salt</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional) </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)</span>
</li>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Directions:</span>

<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Combine your whole milk, heavy cream, and evaporated milk to a medium saucepan and put on a medium heat, whisk continually.</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Whisk until it is steaming, but not boiling (190 degrees F)</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Add the cocoa powder, the 70% dark chocolate, sugar, salt, and the optional flavor boosters.</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">When everything is incorporated, take off of heat and serve. Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or other toppings.</span>
</li>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Pumpkin Scones:</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ingredients:</span>

<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">2 Cups of Unbleached* flour</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">⅓ Cup of sugar</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">2 teaspoons baking powder</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">¾ teaspoon ground ginger</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">½ teaspoon ground nutmeg</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">¾ teaspoon plus a pinch of Kosher salt</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">½ cup (1 stick) of butter (MUST be cold)</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">2 Tablespoons of heavy cream (plus more for brushing)</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">1 large egg</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">⅓ cup pumpkin puree (15-oz. can)</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Half cup of confectioners sugar</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">2-3 Tablespoons of maple syrup (as a topping)</span>
</li>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Directions:</span>

<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the ¾ teaspoon of salt. Stir in Grated butter.</span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, egg, and pumpkin. </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Stir the wet ingredients into flour mixture until it creates a crumbly mixture. </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Flour a clean work surface. Transfer dough to the surface, and press it gently into a large, brick-like mass. It should look like a rectangle. Cut in the center vertically, then horizontally, and diagonally. It should give 8 scalene triangles. </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Brush with the cream after placing on a parchment papered baking sheet, and place in the oven for about 20 minutes. However, if your oven is really good, it is suggested to take them out a few minutes early. </span>
</li>
<li style="font-weight: 400;">
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">While the scones are baking, prepare the icing. Combine the 1 tablespoon of melted butter, a pinch of salt, the confectioners sugar, and and two tablespoons of maple syrup. If the glaze becomes too thick, add one more tablespoon of maple syrup. Garnish the glaze onto the cool scones. Serve while slightly warm, but not hot. </span>
</li>

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#! /bin/bash

# This is a script which, when run on Mac or Linux, will automatically build the site, the index, commit and push it to GitLab, and SSH into the server and pull the files from GitLab and copy them to the public web server.
# This is a script which, when run on Mac or Linux, will automatically build the site, the index, commit and push it to SoureHut.

# The following creates variables which set the colour/formatting of the output to the terminal.
# Examples: Green is green, under is underlined, bu is bold and underlined, reset resets everything to normal.


@@ 14,7 14,7 @@ bu=$(tput bold && tput smul)
reset=$(tput sgr0)


echo -e "${bold}Deploying updates to GitLab...${reset}"
echo -e "${bold}Deploying updates to SourceHut...${reset}"

# Build index for site using the generate.sh script (see file for more info).
echo -e "${cyan}Starting index building process...${reset}"


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echo -e "${green}LOCAL PROCESS COMPLETED.${reset}"

# Try to update website on server by SSHing in.
# First, cd (move) to the taliaferro directory.
# Then, git pull the repository (which has now been updated).
# Now, cd (move) into the now-updated public_html folder on the server.
# Then, cp (copy) files from that folder to ~/public_html/, which is the directory which has the contents of the site shown to visitors.
# Finally, exit SSH and tell the user everything is done :).
echo -e "${bold}Attempting to begin remote server update. Beginning SSH connection...${reset}"

ssh thetalia@184.154.216.245 -p 16969 'echo -e "SSH process complete."; echo -e "Deploying updates to Server..."; echo -e "Moving into taliaferro folder..."; cd ~/taliaferro; echo -e "Git pulling master..."; git pull origin master; echo -e "Pulled."; echo -e "Moving into public_html folder..."; cd public_html; echo -e "Copying files from git into ~/public_html..."; cp * ~/public_html/ -rf; echo -e "Copying complete."; echo -e "REMOTE PROCESS COMPLETE."; echo -e "Exiting SSH..."; exit'

# This moves back into the <root> directory of the repository. Change it for your system.
cd ~/Documents/GitLab/taliaferro || exit

echo -e "${green}GIT UPDATED. WEBSITE SERVER UPDATED. ALL PROCESSES COMPLETE. CONGRATULATIONS!${reset}"

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#! /bin/bash

# This is a script which, when run on Mac or Linux, will automatically build the site, the index, commit and push it to SoureHut.

# The following creates variables which set the colour/formatting of the output to the terminal.
# Examples: Green is green, under is underlined, bu is bold and underlined, reset resets everything to normal.
green=$(tput setaf 2)
red=$(tput setaf 1)
yellow=$(tput setaf 3)
cyan=$(tput setaf 6)
bold=$(tput bold)
under=$(tput smul)
bu=$(tput bold && tput smul)
reset=$(tput sgr0)

# Try to update website on server by SSHing in.
# First, cd (move) to the taliaferro directory.
# Then, git pull the repository (which has now been updated).
# Now, cd (move) into the now-updated public_html folder on the server.
# Then, cp (copy) files from that folder to ~/public_html/, which is the directory which has the contents of the site shown to visitors.
# Finally, exit SSH and tell the user everything is done :).
echo -e "${bold}Attempting to begin remote server update. Beginning SSH connection...${reset}"

ssh thetalia@184.154.216.245 -p 16969 'echo -e "SSH process complete."; echo -e "Deploying updates to Server..."; echo -e "Moving into taliaferro folder..."; cd ~/taliaferro; echo -e "Git pulling master..."; git pull origin master; echo -e "Pulled."; echo -e "Moving into public_html folder..."; cd public_html; echo -e "Copying files from git into ~/public_html..."; cp * ~/public_html/ -rf; echo -e "Copying complete."; echo -e "REMOTE PROCESS COMPLETE."; echo -e "Exiting SSH..."; exit'

# This moves back into the <root> directory of the repository. Change it for your system.
cd ~/Documents/GitLab/taliaferro || exit

echo -e "${green}GIT UPDATED. WEBSITE SERVER UPDATED. ALL PROCESSES COMPLETE. CONGRATULATIONS!${reset}"

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<i class="far fa-clock clock"></i>3 min read</span></div></div><a href=/2019/04/2019-04-rwandan-genocide/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/maxime-niyomwungeri-455213-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: Kigali, Rwanda"></a><div class=article-post><p>Twenty-five years ago, one plane was shot from the sky, the blue openness tinged by the red flame of the explosion. This tragedy, however, meant not only the political assassination of Rwanda's President, but the eminent massacre of 800,000 innocents. 800,000 Rwandans. Women, men. Boys, girls. Sons, daughters. Husbands, wives. Parents, siblings, grandparents. Dead.</p><p>Three months was all it took. Almost 10,000 people a day.</p><p>But how many of us even know of it?</p><p>Rwanda, in 1994, consisted of three primary ethnic groups: the Hutu, the Tutsi, and the Twa. The Hutu were the majority, consisting of 85% of the population. The Tutsi were 14% of the population. The Twa only 1%. It was a time of struggle. Economic disaster, political tension, and the rise of extremists plagued the people. Then, in April, the Hutu president's plane was shot down. Immediately, violence broke out as Hutu extremists, blaming a Tutsi rebel group for the tragedy, sought to completely wipe the Tutsi from the face of the Earth. For three months, the Hutu extremists carried out a pre-organized and deliberate genocide. Lists of Tutsi were given to soldiers, thousands killed mercilessly with the swipe of machetes, and teenage Hutu blocked roads as the Tutsi desperately tried to flee.</p><p>Where was the United Nations? The United States? France? Britain? Belgium? Where were those that had promised to protect those who could not protect themselves? The presence of UN Peacekeepers was useless as they were ordered to either withdraw or avoid fighting at all. Rwanda is the definition of international failure. Resources were at hand to save hundreds of thousands of lives, yet we watched.</p><p>Many students, after learning about the Holocaust because of its place in mandatory curricula, believe that the world has emerged into a peaceful world. A world without the unjustified and systematic murder of millions. Yet, in 1994, Rwanda.</p><p>Booker T. Washington, great though we may be, is no exception to this pattern of ignorance. In an informal survey, The Taliaferro Times found that most students had no idea that the Rwandan Genocide occurred. The few that did know were most often vague in their details, and only one student remembered ever being taught about the Genocide in a school environment.</p><p>Schools and teachers should make intentional efforts to teach about genocides beyond the Holocaust. A simple look at the Wikipedia page, &ldquo;Genocides in history&rdquo;, reveals the horrific fact of so many millions murdered.</p><p>Students, in our role as learners, ought to have known about such terrible truths. After all, knowledge is not just an empty cloud which floats in our brains, but also a path towards a brighter future.</p><hr><p><em>Photo by Maxime Niyomwungeri on Unsplash. Pictured: Kigali, Rwanda.</em></p></div><div class=after-post-tags><ul class=tags><li><a href=/tags/international-news>international-news</a></li><li><a href=/tags/btw-news>btw-news</a></li></ul></div><div class=article-post><p>See more of this author's content <a href=/author/Nathaniel-Ijams>here</a>.</p><p>Unless otherwise noted, all content herein is licensed under the <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/>Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>. Please contact us for alternative licensing.</p><p>Send feedback and letters to the editor to feedback@thetaliaferrotimes.org.</p></div><div class="row PageNavigation d-flex justify-content-between font-weight-bold"><a class="d-block col-md-6" href=/2019/04/2019-04-bees/>&#171; Bees</a>
<i class="far fa-clock clock"></i>3 min read</span></div></div><a href=/2019/04/2019-04-rwandan-genocide/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/maxime-niyomwungeri-455213-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: Kigali, Rwanda"></a><div class=article-post><p>Twenty-five years ago, one plane was shot from the sky, the blue openness tinged by the red flame of the explosion. This tragedy, however, meant not only the political assassination of Rwanda&rsquo;s President, but the eminent massacre of 800,000 innocents. 800,000 Rwandans. Women, men. Boys, girls. Sons, daughters. Husbands, wives. Parents, siblings, grandparents. Dead.</p><p>Three months was all it took. Almost 10,000 people a day.</p><p>But how many of us even know of it?</p><p>Rwanda, in 1994, consisted of three primary ethnic groups: the Hutu, the Tutsi, and the Twa. The Hutu were the majority, consisting of 85% of the population. The Tutsi were 14% of the population. The Twa only 1%. It was a time of struggle. Economic disaster, political tension, and the rise of extremists plagued the people. Then, in April, the Hutu president&rsquo;s plane was shot down. Immediately, violence broke out as Hutu extremists, blaming a Tutsi rebel group for the tragedy, sought to completely wipe the Tutsi from the face of the Earth. For three months, the Hutu extremists carried out a pre-organized and deliberate genocide. Lists of Tutsi were given to soldiers, thousands killed mercilessly with the swipe of machetes, and teenage Hutu blocked roads as the Tutsi desperately tried to flee.</p><p>Where was the United Nations? The United States? France? Britain? Belgium? Where were those that had promised to protect those who could not protect themselves? The presence of UN Peacekeepers was useless as they were ordered to either withdraw or avoid fighting at all. Rwanda is the definition of international failure. Resources were at hand to save hundreds of thousands of lives, yet we watched.</p><p>Many students, after learning about the Holocaust because of its place in mandatory curricula, believe that the world has emerged into a peaceful world. A world without the unjustified and systematic murder of millions. Yet, in 1994, Rwanda.</p><p>Booker T. Washington, great though we may be, is no exception to this pattern of ignorance. In an informal survey, The Taliaferro Times found that most students had no idea that the Rwandan Genocide occurred. The few that did know were most often vague in their details, and only one student remembered ever being taught about the Genocide in a school environment.</p><p>Schools and teachers should make intentional efforts to teach about genocides beyond the Holocaust. A simple look at the Wikipedia page, &ldquo;Genocides in history&rdquo;, reveals the horrific fact of so many millions murdered.</p><p>Students, in our role as learners, ought to have known about such terrible truths. After all, knowledge is not just an empty cloud which floats in our brains, but also a path towards a brighter future.</p><hr><p><em>Photo by Maxime Niyomwungeri on Unsplash. Pictured: Kigali, Rwanda.</em></p></div><div class=after-post-tags><ul class=tags><li><a href=/tags/international-news>international-news</a></li><li><a href=/tags/btw-news>btw-news</a></li></ul></div><div class=article-post><p>See more of this author's content <a href=/author/Nathaniel-Ijams>here</a>.</p><p>Unless otherwise noted, all content herein is licensed under the <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/>Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>. Please contact us for alternative licensing.</p><p>Send feedback and letters to the editor to feedback@thetaliaferrotimes.org.</p></div><div class="row PageNavigation d-flex justify-content-between font-weight-bold"><a class="d-block col-md-6" href=/2019/04/2019-04-bees/>&#171; Bees</a>
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