Creative Fiction Contest Winners - Sofia Cretaro & Joshua Terlizzi

A Woman’s Drill to Success
Sofia Cretaro and Josh Terlizzi

The room was small but the sound was loud from all the yelling bouncing off the walls. Not only was the argument getting bigger and bigger by the second, but Greg was getting more physically aggressive. Greg Barnz,  Lisa’s husband, was having problems accepting the fact that Lisa accepted a job offer that has a higher pay than his.

It all began when one day Lisa’s car broke down on the side of the road and, as she was fixing it, a man named Michael Johnson, a successful business man, approached her and offered her a job. The job he offered was a full time labour worker at Ruby Pier Amusement Park. Her husband, at the time, was merely working a minimum wage job, which was one of the reasons why he was upset. Greg did not think that she was qualified to work a “man's job”.

Despite her concern for her husband’s feelings, she left the house excited and thrilled to start her new job. As soon as Lisa got to Ruby Pier, she was greeted with loud and joyful screams of elation from the children on the rides and the sweet smell of cotton candy and popcorn. As she was settling in, a tall, thick, muscular man with a mustache came angrily barging into her boss’s office. Tommy Gunn, the manager and creator of Ruby Pier Amusement Park was trying to calm down Samuel Mckay, the furious man. Samuel abruptly interrupted him very aggressively and demanded, “Why did you hire a stupid broad in place of a man for that job?”

Mr. Gunn replied with great expression, “I hired her for a reason. Her gender does not define her working skills, nor her individuality, good Sir”.

Lisa overheard the argument between the two men and, immediately, the feelings she felt this morning before she left for work resurfaced. Seeing her boss, a man she hardly knew at all, defend her so completely and without question, left her feeling discouraged because she did not see the same in her husband. On her way home, Lisa started to think if leaving her husband was the only option left for her to truly be happy. She didn’t want to believe it. So, when she is walked toward the front door, she started to rethink her it, hoping that maybe Greg had changed his mind about her and their new situation.

But her husband greeted her with, “Wow! You're finally home. The bed is still not made, there is no dinner on the table, and the dishes are still in the sink from the morning”.

It was in that moment she made her final decision. Lisa simply glared at him and said, “I am leaving you.” She walked out, slamming the door behind her, and has never looked back since.

Celebrity Article

Kim K’s Tragic           

Robbery Followed

by Kanye’s Appearance

Back in LA.

Estimated 10.5 million dollars robbed from Kim’s possessions

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                                Robbery In Paris

Rapper Kanye West rushed out of his Saint Pablo Tour show in Canada, due to the shocking news that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, during Fashion Week. The original dates of his other shows have been moved to December due to this traumatic event. One show will take place December 13 and the second, December 22 of this year.

At approximately 2:25 a.m. on October 3rd, five assailants dressed as cops held a gun at Kardashian, right before they tied her up and locked her in the bathroom. Her rep told Us Weekly that she was, “Badly shaken but physically unharmed.” A male concierge was found in the stairwell of the building, handcuffed, tied up, gagged, and hidden in a cupboard.

An anonymous insider said, “For the most part, the whole family has been on lockdown. Everyone is affected by what happened to Kim. She has spent a lot of time with her family over the weekend”.

Even though the robbers caused no physical harm towards Kim Kardashian, they did manage to take the wedding ring Kanye West had given to her, along with a few of her other belongings. There was an estimated amount of 10.5 million dollars that was stolen from Kim during this unfortunate event. Fortunately, the ring stolen was replaced by Kanye and was worth 4.49 million dollars.

Kim blames herself for the robbery since she was constantly flaunting her jewelry all over social media, such as, instagram and snapchat; prior to the event.

Fortunately, Kim is safe at home with family and friends. Kim has been avoiding any type of spotlight and spending time in her Los Angeles home with her friends and family.

Meet the Staff

Hey! I’m Jenna Naccarato, a 17-year-old girl interested in fashion, media and literature. If I’m not binge reading the hottest novels, giving outfit advice, or drinking a Tim Hortons iced coffee, then I’m spending most of my free time on my laptop looking at cute outfits or discovering the greatest music. My music library consists of just about every genre. From indie to pop to R&B to country, I’m not ashamed of this weird mix (which explains why I’m the first to grab the aux cord in any friend’s car). Some may say I’m quite adventurous as I travel often. Whether touring Italy, Jamaica, Chicago or Switzerland I’m always open to visiting new places. I would consider myself very social and outgoing as I love meeting new people and getting to know them. My dream jobs are to work at Vogue Magazine or be a top event planner. After high school I hope to attend Ryerson University for either fashion communications or journalism. I am so excited to be a part of this year’s team and can’t wait to share my writing and opinions through The Joan Journal.

Traveling 101: How to fit the essentials in your suitcase without overpacking

by Jenna Naccarato

I will admit that I am an overpacker. If I’m not packing my whole wardrobe, chances are I’m only going to a sleepover down the street. When it comes to traveling and going on vacation I like to have options, and at least 3 outfits per day (it’s not as ridiculous as it may seem). For the past 3 trips I have been on, I have been removing a few shirts at a time, which I am proud of, but still to this day I wonder how I manage to fit all of my clothes in my suitcase. Here are some ways to fit all you need in your suitcase, as well as reduce the amount of clothing you bring:

Step 1: Plan your outfits

Example: If you are packing for a 7 day beach vacation put together one outfit for each day and night, as well as a few outfits to wear over your bathing suit when going for breakfast or lunch.

Tip: Mixing and matching different tops with the same pair of pants, or vice versa, will help to create a different outfit without having to pack that extra piece of clothing.

Step 2: Roll Your Clothing

Believe it or not rolling your clothing items takes up less room in your luggage than folding your clothes would. It also eliminates the ironing process as no folding lines will be produced. Placing as many rolled garments at the bottom of your suitcase followed by the folded garments on top, will save you a tonne of room.

Step 3: Sit On Your Suitcase

There is nothing wrong with using the old fashioned way to close your suitcase, I know I always rely on this strategy. If you manage to close your suitcase, you know you have succeeded.

As most airlines have weight restrictions it is important not to overpack to avoid the possibility of having to pay for extra weight. Weighing your suitcase before a flight is essential and a great way to save money. After all, the less you pack the less laundry you have to do when you get home.

Fall Trend Watch: Layering, Leather and Suede

by Jenna Naccarato

Summer is officially over and fall is back! Turning your closet inside out can be exhausting, but the transition from summer to fall is one of the best times of the year. Although the decrease in temperature might be disappointing, it brings us the major advantage of better outfit selection. Not to mention the added bonus of finding a favourite lip gloss or a twenty dollar bill in the pocket of your leather jacket from the season before.

With fall comes the amazing concept of layering. Knit sweaters, jean jackets, turtlenecks, sneakers, beanies, leather jackets, scarves and boots, the combinations are endless. Of course these combinations are the greatest part about layering due to the fact that we can create a new outfit in under ten seconds just by removing one layer. When it comes to the fall season jackets are essential to layering, especially leather and suede.

For both jackets and boots these two materials can easily dress up an outfit with dress pants or keep it casual with denim. Leather and suede boots, as well as sneakers are making a big comeback this fall season for both genders, which is why they are worth the investment; they’re timeless! In my opinion, leather boots are more practical for the fall season as they are easier to maintain than suede, but both are a great go to for any outfit.

These styles will keep you warm, can be paired with almost everything, and fortunately stay in style season after season. Purchasing leather and suede goods are definitely worth it! Let’s keep warm this season in style!




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1. Forever 21 - Faux Leather Moto Jacket $56.50

2. Aritzia - Wilfred Free LIS SKIRT (originally $85.00, now on sale for $55.00)

3. ASOS - Boohoo Suedette Heeled Ankle Boot $49.86

4. ZARA - BIKER JACKET $129.00

5. Town Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Men’s $79.99

6. Adidas - Men’s Tubular Invader Shoes suede $120.00

Meet the Staff

My name is Ryan Matte I am a grade 12 student at St. Joan of Arc CHS. I write for the Joan Journal and I write about issues in our school. I mainly focus on the technology and political issues in our world. I am interested in technology, sports and gaming. My favourite subjects are art, english and math and I also enjoy computer engineering. My hobbies include drawing, painting, reading, skiing, gaming and  watching baseball.

The American Election- Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

By: Ryan Matte 

   The American election has become a hot topic for most Americans and has become the  spotlight of the world. If you were an American citizen 18 or over, would you vote for, Hillary or Trump? After observing the opinions of many citizens of Maple and the GTA, I have seen a lot of support for Hillary and not much for Trump. So why do Canadians seem to dislike Donald and what are the platforms for both candidates?

  When it comes to healthcare Hillary Clinton wants to expand upon the current Obamacare system in place which can either create one of the most revolutionary healthcare systems or make healthcare much more worse for Americans. Donald Trump wants to remove Obamacare altogether and remove the barriers for insurance companies so competition can lead to competitive rates. When it comes to many policies it seems as if Donald Trump focuses on a Business and Economic approach will Hillary Clinton works towards a system that benefits all regardless of the cost. It is a tough choice between the two in that regard as Canadians have free healthcare, but it is brutally slow and inefficient. It is a tough choice to make between the two, because both policies are a risk.
  When it comes to debate power Donald Trump was especially weak in the first debate but picked up some momentum in the second debate. However Hillary seems to be putting her experience above Donald Trump, while Donald only seems to be attacking her rather than defending himself. He doesn’t answer questions properly and he does not confirm or deny any of the allegations towards him. When it comes to taxing Donald wants to lower taxes on the wealthy. There is some sense to this, as businesses will have more room to expand and will be safe from debt. He also wants to remove NAFTA which could remove the outsourcing of work and help pick up America’s economy. On Hillary’s end, taxing the rich is a priority and they will not be able to find loopholes in her system. The benefits of this is more money for the government to spend on schools and hospitals which are in some cases brutally underfunded. She also wants to grow the middle class and make it as prosperous as it was in the past
  Then we move on to the allegations of each candidate. Hillary Clinton has refused to release thousands of emails and was very secretive at the start of her campaign. She has proved herself to be more reliable and a lot less of the typical candidate that most Americans expect in a politician. Donald Trump is seen as a racist, sexist, misogynistic pig that has no care towards woman and simply disregards this as locker talk. He may be able to bring more jobs into America and fix the major debt problem, but can America really have a president who disregards woman and treats minorities with little respect?
  Each candidate has his/her virtues and vices but it is up to Americans to see who they really want to be their president. I’m sure almost all of Canada is going to be glued to their television, waiting to see who America’s next president will be.

Meet the Staff

My name is Katerina Mele and I am a Grade 12 student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School. My future goal is to become a teacher. I will begin as a student teacher then eventually move on to teaching elementary grades. Family is the most important thing in my life; they brought me into this world and they are my everything. I am excited for what the future holds for me and I’m nervous about moving on to the real world.

Meet the Staff

        Hello! My name is Annissa Sargeant, and I’m in the Twelfth Grade. I am an aspiring psychologist with a love for music and sleep. After high school I plan to attend university; I hope I do well enough to get into my preferred program and then start working. I enjoy listening to music from different genres: soca, dancehall, reggae, pop and much more. I am also a sport enthusiast, but my two most favourite sports are soccer and track. My friends refer to me as a "koala" because I sleep a lot (surprisingly, I haven’t fallen asleep in any of my classes yet!). Nevertheless, I am excited to be a part of this year’s team.

Caribbean Fantasy

    by: Annissa Sargeant

       Ditch the shopping malls and skyscrapers and enjoy your summer vacation in tropical paradise where you can unwind peacefully. St. Vincent and the Grenadines located west of Barbados offers the Caribbean experience every foreigner desires, with gorgeous beaches, turquoise seas, a sunny climate and delicious cuisines.
      Discover St. Vincent, a grand landscape filled with exuberance and charm. Its impeccable coastline offered an authentic background for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Experience the breathtaking sights the island has to offer, including secluded coves, astounding coral reefs, the lush tropical rainforests and  the deep valleys cultivated with mangoes, bananas, coconuts, arrowroots and breadfruits, waiting to be tasted. Take a trip into the capital, Kingstown and discover St. Vincent’s British history, visit Fort Charlotte or visit St. Vincent’s Botanical Gardens, a must see attraction which displays several rare flowers and plants from other parts of the world.
    Drive along the Leeward Highway and allow yourself to discover the island and experience the black sand beaches and the refreshing waterfalls. The Windward Highway allows you to view the wonders of the east coast; along the drive you will see long standing sugar fields, and lush banana and coconut plantations . Stop and enjoy a picnic or go for a dip in the Owia Salt Pond, a huge bathing pool.
   Want to enjoy your vacation in luxury and tranquility? Stay on one of the many Grenadine Islands. Stay on Mustique, the splendid hideaway for the rich and famous. If the Caribbean vibes and lavishness of the famous Basil’s Bar become too much, find solitude by taking a walk around the island, a boat tour or do some horseback riding on the gorgeous white sand beaches. You can also take a dip in the turquoise waters, take a tour of the island and see the lavish private homes owned by the rich and famous, or be adventurous and take a hike along one of the many hiking trails

Beach in Mustique                                                 Canouan Island Resort
  Want a true Caribbean fantasy? Canouan is the place to be. Canouan offers luxurious beaches, hidden coves and lush vegetation. It is surrounded by coral reefs thus adding protection to many of the beaches. While in Canouan treat yourself to the pleasures of the local cuisine, romantic walks on the beach, live music and dancing.
  Enjoy your summer by experiencing "Vincy Mas,"  a vibrant summer carnival; indulge in a celebration of music, colour, heritage and life. Here you can join the traditional street parties of "J’Ouvert" and "Mardi Gras," watch electrifying calypso and steel pan performances, costume parades and much more. The carnival season begins in May then the celebrations continue all the way through to July. In between, there are many events to enjoy from the Miss. SVG Competition, Soca Monarch, H2O and much more. So come be a part of "The Hottest Carnival in the Caribbean".   
                So are you ready for an escape to an exotic fantasy? It doesn’t matter if you desire a calming retreat or a nature adventure, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the place you’re looking for!