By Edward Rubinek
This year has been like no other! Some would say COVID-19 ruined senior year for the class of 2020… well they were right. Now this doesn’t mean that it all was a waste because I have too many fond memories to count! Making it through this quarantine hasn't been easy but thanks to all of the support I got from the people around me I made it. School is one of the places you will learn the most to jumpstart your future and help you move up in life. The teachers at HFHS taught me more than I could’ve ever asked for to help my personal growth. All the teachers I have ever had touched me in some way and I want to thank all of them for helping me make it this far. Being honest I wasn’t always the most ideal perfect student, (I was pretty close though!!) and even I was able to get through all the adversities school threw at me COVID included. Persevere and give it your all and I know you all can make it too!
By Edward Rubinek
Why did you leave home and friends,
comfort and safety,
to experience pain and hardship,
so I could be protected?
I don’t know; but thank you.
Why did you put yourself in danger,
injury and death always a possibility,
so I could be free?
I don’t know; but thank you.
Written by: Edward Roubinek
During coronacation I have found comfort in various activities! One of those activities is riding horse. My family has always owned horses so riding is a pretty fun and a normal thing for us. It is also a way for us to spend quality time together, and bond with our horses. I encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature, it is the best natural stress reliever. Here are some pictures of my horses!
By Kenidy Cessna
Inspired by Abigail Cessna
Long ago a little girl named Abby built a blanket fort in her closet. With her busy schedule, she forgot about the fort being there. One night after she got home from a day full of activities she fell asleep and then woke up. There was a noise coming from her closet that made the hairs on the back of her neck stand up. Nothing more happened so she fell back asleep for a few hours but the noise came back. That was the point where she was getting out of bed to see what was going on. She opened the closet door and saw nothing but darkness so she was confused and just assumed that something fell from the shelf but then she heard a squeak. It came from the fort so she decided to go in there thinking it was just a normal place until. There was a shining light with one tunnel Abby's curiosity got the better of her so she walked in. As she walked in, she stepped on something and she looked down and screamed. It was a fairy! She finished screaming and helped her up, The ferry introduced herself after that the ferry let Abby through something unbelievable. The fairy walked her to her village and all of her friends who are fairies now became Abby’s friends. For days Abby went back to visit her new friends, the only catch to the secret fairy world was that she had to keep it a secret from everyone else. To this day Abby goes into her fort every night and keeps her discoveries a secret from the world.
The Jaguar Journal is starting a new series to get Elementary families more involved. Email story plots for the weekly news to be entered into a drawing. The winner will get their plot written into a short story and published with inspiration credits. Email the Jaguar Journal firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Raechel Painovich
After just finding out that all schools in MN are going to be online for the rest of the year, what has HFHS been doing with all of this time? Many clubs and extra cirriculars are trying to reach out to the community to get them involved and interacting through online media. Clubs such as CCA, Positive Jags, Journalism have been posting activities via Facebook and other social media apps to keep you in the loop and busy.
More specifically, as it was just the 50th anniversary of Earth day, CCA wants to see what you were doing to help save the planet last wednesday. They would greatly appreciate you sending any videos or pictures of you and your family and friends. In addition, Positive Jags sent out a outdoor nature scavenger hunt on facebook and the winner will be feautured on the school’s facebook page.
The staff have also been busy sending out meals to students and gathering homework to return to teachers. They ask that students continue to check their e-mail regularily and look at the facebook where they post videos for both elementary and high school students to listen to.
I know this can be a very difficult time for many familes but our school is here to help and keep the rest of the school year going well. If you have any questions or concerns direct your call to our staff at HES, HFHS or FES. We are going to get through this together and help eachother out through the process.
By: Killeen Prater
Week 5 of distance learning. Lots of people are running into a wall when it comes to motivation and creativity. Motivation is so tricky. Sometimes it comes so easily we get so excited and other times it is so difficult to become motivated we get pushed into a death spiral of procrastination. In the rest of this article I wanted to share some tips and research on motivation because I know we can all use it in a time like this.
Motivation: What is it and how does it work? Scientists define motivation as your general willingness to do something. This is a great basic description but I define motivation in a simple phrase; At some point the pain of not doing a task becomes greater than the pain of doing the task. Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated it is easier to bear the inconvenience of the task. Sometimes we will dwell on an idea until procrationation becomes too painful.
How to get motivated: Many times we find ourselves wasting too much energy on the wrong part of the process. Wake up thinking “I will be motivated today”.Many times motivation comes with a schedule. If you plan doing your school work or working out at specific times of the day chances are by the time you get to those times you will be mentally prepared to do those tasks. I know it is difficult to make ourselves do something we don't necessarily want to but it will be better in the long run. So do your homework. Go on that run.It will be worth it.
By Killeen Prater
*I know everyone has heard enough about the COVID-19 virus and being quarantined but I think it is extremely important that when we are hearing things about the virus we are fact checking. We are spending so much time on social media now that we are cooped up inside our houses that it becomes extremely easy to be given fake news. This is a great time to learn skills to help figure out what is true and what isn't.
“Humans are the virus” People have been seeing this trend all over facebook, twitter, instagram and even snapchat. People have been using this term to show that the earth is having time to heal because we are not traveling and polluting as much while in quarantine. It may be very true that groups of people are causing our earth to deteriorate but it is not true that humans as a species have done this to the earth. Capitalism is the virus. There are many nationalities all around the world that have found ways to interact with our earth in very peaceful and non destructive ways. When we use the term human we are grouping those nationalities as part of the problem which is not the case. Putting partial blame on these groups of people is essentially erasing part of that culture's history. Keeping our words truthful even if it is minor details is important in a time of mass confusion.
By Raechel Painovich
Anyone else really missing their spring sport? Well I am. With the global pandemic currently happening, we have potentially lost the ability to play spring sports this year. I know myself, as well as many others students, are really missing their spring sports and as a 10th grader I really miss hanging out with my teamates and being able to practice with them everyday. I can’t imagine being a senior during this time.
It just doesn’t seem fair. I know we need to take precautions to combat Covid-19, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are without our favorite sports and people during these times. On a lighter note, if you really think about, on the softball field we are outside, all 9 positions are 6 feet apart plus we are all wearing gloves and masks! In reality however, all I, as I’m sure many others as well, want is for my team to be back together and practicing. But in order to level the curve in expontential growth of the corona virus cases in MN, it is best for all of us to stay home and stay in touch.
With all of this spare time on our hands, what are we to do with it? I have been trying to go to the field as often as possible to keep up on my skills and keep enjoying the sport even without my teamates. I have also been occsionally running and working out to keep myself busy. But in the end I am just trying to cope with the feeling that I might not play softball this year.
I really hope that we are able to get back on the field this year and do what we all love as a team.
As I’m sure many of my peers are feeling the same way, it is crucial for us as students and student-athletes to stay home in hopes of retruning to the field soon. In the meantime, head out to the backyard and practice your swing, jumps or just enjoy the outdoors. There are many things to do in Hinckley that allow for the mandated six-feet apart instructions. Right off of I-35 is Banning State Park, a beautiful location to get some air and hike around and in Minnesota we might as well get out and take advantage of the land of 10,000 lakes. Or just stay home and relax, but whatever it is you are doing, stay conscious of the rapid spread of Covid-19, stay safe and enjoy yourself!
Click on the links below if you need some ideas for how to spend your free-time during corona-cation!
Positive Jags Scavenger Hunt
By Edward Rubinek
A little fun keeps you young;
A little laughter keeps you bright.
When you get to that age
When a mid life crisis looms
Go out and act like a kid again.
Don’t worry what the neighbors might say
They are probably crazy anyway.
When the desperation hit
When the people cried in the streets
When everything felt at loss
When the eyes were full of tears.
When kids and families were torn apart
By that last desperate grasp
When all else gave up
When all else backed off
When people lost all they had
When they cried
When the world was shocked with desperation and despair
When nothing seemed good
By: Kenidy Cessna
Maybe you heard of Rube Goldberg, maybe you haven’t. However Rube Goldberg was a man who is known for creating complex machines to create a simple outcome. Such as, building a catapult, that throws a marble down a tube and each time it hits a new level a line of dominos fall. Somehow all of these separate steps would build to creating one simple outcome such as pouring a glass of water or cracking an egg. Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter has given an international challenge to do during quarantine. The challenge is open to all ages from all over the world and the goal of the competition is to create the most unique way to drop a bar of soap into your hand. All videos of separate individuals’ machines Should be uploaded to YouTube and sent to the link below! May 31st is the deadline and they will be choosing three winners from around the world to receive a feature on the official Rube Goldberg website and a free “swag bag.” Go great your machine!
In this quarantine seniors and adults and lonely people of all ages can get upset or bored. A project launched by students in Canada which is known as Joy4All, is a hotline that plays pre-recorded messages and jokes of positivity. This project was originally and towards seniors who are alone in isolation. Young children and teens are also encouraged to submit their own positive and appropriate messages and recordings through the link below. At any time any day people of all ages are encouraged to dial 1-877-JOY-4ALL to hear some great words of wisdom and positivity!