What is the appeal of Tik Tok to young people?

By: Julia D'Andrea

     Throughout the past year, the social media app, Tik Tok, has become popular amongst young people. It is not limited to only younger people, but people of all ages. Tik Tok started as a lip-syncing app, originally named Musical.ly, and was meant to be similar to the app Vine. Vine was an app that allowed people to make humorous videos that entertained their audience. The target audience was also younger people. These apps helped people express themselves, and helped others get a good laugh in the process. 

     When I think of the app Tik Tok, I think of the videos that make me chuckle as I’m scrolling down the explore page. There are a variety of videos, containing DIYs, lip-syncing, pranks, experiments, and more. I believe that these apps are what is needed in social media because of the form of expression it allows young people to explore.

     I think Tik Tok is so entertaining and appealing to younger people because it is easy to put out there, it makes money, and can make others laugh. People can make money by gaining a following, then going on a live stream where viewers can choose to donate to you. It is an outlet to share your sense of humor, and witty with the things in your day to day life. When someone has done something they don't usually do, or something has happened by a fluke, then it is also shared on Tik Tok to bring attention to the situation.

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A Win For The Books!

by: Julianna Raimondo

This year’s annual Thunderfest was definitely a win for the books. Thunderfest is an annual event that takes place twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 

The Senior Boys soccer team played against Brebeuf and took the win home to St. Joan of Arc with a 2-1 game. 

The event was much more than just a soccer game; it was a day filled with food, games, and positive vibes. 

Any time away from the classroom is a good time! 

Students Enjoying Thunderfest 2019
Students Enjoying Thunderfest 2019

Thunderfest is not only a soccer game but is a celebrated day where students can get away from the stress and pressures of their high school environment.  

This year’s Thunderfest held a free hotdog lunch for every student, a snack bar station consisting of popcorn, sour keys, and ring pops, an ice-cream truck, a food truck, a face-paint station, and a photo booth. 

This event was brought to you by the hard work and dedication of the Grade 12 Semester 1 Leadership class who worked tirelessly to plan, budget, set up, advertise, and execute the day’s events. A fellow student, Ashley Da Silva, in the Leadership class said, “It was the best Thunderfest I have ever been to!” 

There was a lot of pressure to ensure that this Thunderfest met or superseded the expectations of previous years. 

I am happy to report that there was positive feedback from teachers and students who attended the event. 

ThunderFest is an amazing way to bring the SJA community together and allows students to take pride in the amazing school they attend. 

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Will Generation Z make a Change in our World?

by Laura Aiello

Generation Z is most commonly defined as those born between the years of 1999 - 2010. They have consistently been questioned about their capabilities regarding their future transition to the workforce and whether they will make a difference in the world.  

Generation Z is associated with poor qualities such as being lazy, narcissistic, and materialistic. They have often been categorized as a group of individuals who are too incompetent to make a difference in society. Older adults believe that due to technological advances, today's youth is oblivious to society's current issues. The constant use of computers, tablets, and phones is displayed to older adults as isolation rather than a new form of communication. Gen “Z” is also claimed to be too dependent on their guardians’ resources, which leads them to assume they are not self-sufficient or are uncertain about their future. These stereotypical assumptions are false accusations that diminish the true intention that generation Z has.  

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Saint Joan of Arc’s First Girls Rugby Team Since 2012

By Laura Aiello

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic High School competes with a girl's rugby 7’s team for the first time since 2012. Promise Mark, a current grade 11 student was eager to gather a group of students to create a 2019 female team. Due to commitment issues in the past, the current coaches Ms. Cunningham and Mr.Fiore requested a signed petition from a minimum of 10 students which would reassure each student's commitment to the team. Coach Fiore stated, “In the past, we’ve tried to put together a team, but every time we try to get a meeting going, there isn't enough interest." Promise’s dedication resulted in a total of 30 signatures in one week. This more than satisfied the coach's needs and resulted in a set tryout date approximately one week later. 

The girl's varsity tryouts were held at Saint Joan of Arc along with the junior and senior boys. The majority of girls had no experience or knowledge of the sport, as a result of this, no cuts were made on the team. Due to the sports playing conditions and multiple set practices each week, a few students were discouraged by the sport’s and made the decision not to play. This resulted in a total of 24 girls on the finalized team. 

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Why We Need to Take Pride in Our School

By Julianna Raimondo

Next to our family relationships, our school relationships are the ones that have a huge part in influencing our behaviour and shaping us into functional members of society. School is considered to be our home away from home, as we spend the same, if not more time, at school than we do at home. How we treat the staff, our peers, and the school itself says a lot about us as students of St. Joan of Arc. 

Recent actions committed by a few students during the days that lead up to a tentative strike were atrocious, to say the least. During the CUPE job action, some students took it upon themselves to make conditions even worse by kicking full-garbage cans down the stairs into hallways throughout the school, purposely flooding and vandalizing the washrooms.

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Meet the Staff

My name is Julianna Raimondo; I am a grade twelve student at St. Joan of Arc. I have a love for reading and writing which is why English is my favourite subject. I plan on going to university next year and then going to teachers’ college. Since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a teacher, I have always had a passion for helping others. As I am a soon to be graduate of SJA I can positively say I have really enjoyed my years at St. Joan of Arc, and I am excited to finish up this year with hopefully high marks. Although grade twelve is stressful, I am excited about prom and graduating this year. 

Meet the Staff

Hi, my name is Hafsa Muneeb Ahmad, and I am a graduating student of St. Joan of Arc CHS. I joined the grade 12 Writer’s Craft class to improve my skills as a creative writer. Apart from writing, my other hobbies include excessive non-fiction reading, painting, singing, listening to music, watching movies (don’t we all love doing that?), and travelling. For my post-secondary education, I wish to attend McMaster University for Health Sciences or Life Sciences, and I hope to become a doctor in my near future.

Bill 21: Time to Stand Up

By: Hafsa Muneeb Ahmad

"I have the privilege of leaving the province because I got a job outside, but there are still people who will endure the effects of Bill 21. Our lives are so disrupted. I'm very much a Quebecer and I'd always like to go back home,” said Amrit Kaur, a high school teacher who moved to B.C. after Bill 21.

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Jesus Is King Review

Jesus Is King Album Cover
Jesus Is King Album Cover

Michael Giusti

Jesus Is King Review

8/10

Jesus is King is the title of Kanye West’s ninth studio album. This album was long awaited by fans, as they have been waiting ever since early September. Through this time period, Kanye has delayed the album more than three times and with all the delay, he amassed a lot of hype. After a month and a half, the album released. Kanye stated prior to this album that he would be switching his style of music. He referred to it as Christian rap, and his past discography is referred to as the devil’s music.

Jesus Is King was released on Friday, October 25th, 2019. This album has eleven songs and a runtime of twenty seven minutes. With this album, it was a new direction for Kanye.  He discusses themes such as preaching Jesus’ word and following Christ-like values. One of his main messages talks about switching your attitude from very judgemental and jealous to respect everything you have and reflecting on the good in your life. Kanye speaks about how you shouldn’t judge someone else’s flaws, and you should put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Another theme that’s very important to this album is Kanye has been struggling with dealing with his mental health and he often talks about how Jesus helps guide him and shines his light on him through his journey in finding himself.

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Mental Healthcare Needs to be Better Funded

By: Julia D'Andrea

     One of the questions most commonly asked when speaking about mental health is does it need to be better funded? My opinion is, yes, the government does need to put more funding into the mental healthcare system. The government at both the provincial and federal level should be obligated to look at the statistics of the needs of those who have mental illnesses. There should be discussions on how to raise awareness on these topics and brainstorming on how to improve the system.

     Many people don't reach out to their family or doctors for help when dealing with mental health issues, not only because of the stigma around it, but because of the costs associated with accessing the proper counseling. In the past, I had reached out to my parents and doctor for help dealing with a mental health problem. While they all wanted to help me, the fee for a one-hour session with a certified psychologist is minimum of $225.00. Yes, my parents' health care insurance covers around four sessions, but what about the rest? Many other children, teens, or adults face this problem when trying to get help. If someone has the confidence to ask for help, shouldn't they have the resources readily available despite their financial standings?

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