Holiday Quarter News
The Paw Print
Kassidy Eyre (Freshman)
Jasmin Kenzie (Sophomore)
Dottie Kervin (Sophomore)
Savannah Rosenfield (Junior)
The Big 3 Holidays by Savannah Rosenfield
Things to Do Around Town
Ugly Sweater by Jasmin Kenzie
Zoo Lights by Dottie Kervin
Bass Pro Shop by Savannah Rosenfield
The Nutcracker by Jasmin Kenzie
Manor House by Kassidy Eyre
Christmas in Swanton
A Wonderful Swanton Time by Dottie Kervin
House of Lights by Savannah Rosenfield
Every year, one family sets up a huge set-up of lights that boasts Christmas spirit. There are many blowup decorations of Santa Claus, reindeer, and other Christmas figures. Lights decorate the whole house, along with a path that winds around the yard. If you would like to see something spectacular that shows the spirit of Christmas, you should take a few minutes to go down Brookside and view this magnificent house.
Christmas Movie Reviews
A Christmas Carol by Kassidy Eyre
Disney's A Christmas Carol, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth, is one of the best Christmas movies. The movie is just as good as the book by Charles Dickens. It is a great film to watch with the family around the holidays.
From Ebenezer Scrooge to Tiny Tim, the characters are amazing. With Scrooge being a Christmas humbug to his jolly nephew, they all have their own personalities that we all know and love. Scrooge starts off as a greedy old man but through the story that changes. His heart softens and his coldness melts away; his world does not revolve around money anymore. Fred, Scrooge's nephew, is a spirited man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and every year, only to be refused by him.
Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's clerk, is a kind and very poor man. Though treated harshly by Scrooge, he remains a humble and dedicated employee. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit's young son, was crippled from birth. He is a joyful young boy that always brings joy to everyone around him.
Jacob Marley, Scrooge's equally greedy partner. The story starts off with him being as dead as a doornail. He appears in Scrooge’s room on Christmas Eve night as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suffering a similar fate.
The Ghost of Christmas Past, the first spirit to visit Scrooge, is a curiously childlike apparition with a glowing head like a candle. He takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past. The Ghost of Christmas Present, the second spirit to visit Scrooge. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his friends' holiday celebrations. The Ghost of Christmas future, the third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, is a silent phantom in a hooded black robe. He presents Scrooge with a view of his lonely death.
The story line is about the same as the book. Scrooge had to change his ways in order to change his fate. On Christmas morning, Scrooge is thrilled with his second chance. He wants to share his Christmas spirit with others and sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and shows up to his nephew's party. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart. This is a great Christmas story, because it embraces that Christmas is about having an open heart.
In conclusion, Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the best Christmas movies. It has a very good moral and Robert Zemeckis did an excellent job bringing Charles Dickens story to life with CGI and animation. It teaches us that people can change and that everyone deserves a second chance. It is also a great movie to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Wedding Planner by Savannah Rosenfield
0 / 5 Stars
In print, this movie seemed like a great idea. A girl is planning her cousin's wedding. When the bride's ex-boyfriend comes back, the planner has to keep the wedding from falling apart from him. Along the way, the ex and the planner fall in love. Had this movie been written differently, it could have been great! Unfortunately, it was not. The actors were horrible and the plot line jumped around so much to the point where you could not understand what was going on. Then, it ended so abruptly that it was as if the movie was just stopped in the middle and was not continued. I would not recommend wasting your time with this movie.
All I Want For Christmas Is...
We asked around Swanton High School about what people wanted for Christmas. Here are some of our favorite responses!
“For my family to be all together.” -Mrs. Grindle
“A big crock pot.” -Ms. Larrow
“Money.” -Cameron Knott, Freshmen
“For my family to be together.” -Serena King, Junior
“For my family to be together.” -Samantha Trumbull, Senior
“A bass guitar.” -Jacob McClure, Freshmen
“Books!” -Natalie Newman, Sophomore
“Tickets for Hamilton.” - Mr. Ostojic
“More records.” -Jasmin Kenzie, Sophomore
“Red vans shoes.” -Dottie Kervin, Sohpomore
“Money.” -Kayla Mekus, Sophomore
New Year's Resolutions
As 2019 approaches, all of us here at Swanton High School are coming up with our New Year's resolutions. Here they are!
“I want to focus on not letting others define my happiness and state of mind. I also want to mend old friendships and work on having better relationships with those around me.” - Jasmin Kenzie
“To me, New Years in meaningless. It’s merely an arbitrary designation created in order for us to mark time. Having said that, if I were to have a new years resolution, it would be to find more ways to help my students.” - Mr. Eppert
“To overall improve myself.” - Anonymous
“To try and be happier!” - Nolan Williams
“My resolution for the upcoming new year is to never have a crush on anyone.” -Mia Markowska
“My resolution is to not let people's opinions on me dictate what I do or what I say. I just wanna do me.” -Donovan Avalos
“To be confident.” - Sam Dominque
“Eat healthier.” -Averie Lutz-
“Well, this year, I’d like to… stop procrastinating… learn how to cook good food… start photographing... Travel more… and become more social.” Zach Schaller-
“Mine is to stop spending all my money on clothes.” -Bailey Arnold
“Work on my anger issues.” -Damien Boyer
“Mine is to find more of myself by trying new things, and, along with that, explore new things. Overall, I want to find myself, be a happy person to be around, and set off a good vibe for people to want to be around.” Gabby Bowers
“Become less socially awkward.” -Abbey Oberheim
“Become more organized.” -Seth Garling-
“Better money management.” -Riley Bellner-
“To not be as lazy.” -Ava Bond
“I don’t make new year's resolutions.” -Mr. Reckner
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