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Academic Decathlon

by Taylor G. and Morgan B.
Student Writers

On March 3, 2018, twenty-four Catholic schools of the diocese came together to compete in the Academic Decathlon at Mater Dei High School. The competition was comprised of 10 events: two team events (a logic quiz and a super quiz) and eight individual tests on English, Science, Literature, Religion, Fine Arts, Current Events, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Ten of our 8th graders and four 7th grade alternates came to compete. Our school placed in 4 individual competitions and scored 2nd place overall for the 2nd year in a row!  Stella Maris placed 2nd for the logic quiz and sixth place for the super quiz. JC Bosque placed in 2nd place for Science, Michelle Moreau placed in 5th for Religion, Zoey Bonakdar got 3rd place in Writing, and Priya Densert placed 3rd in Math.

Sitting Team: JC Bosque, Taylor Guillermo, Michelle Moreau, Harry Wesling, William Strack, Justin Colman, Katiana Yazdani, Juan Carlos Reyes, Sofia Silva, and Priya Densert.
Alternates: Hope Aloboudi, Owen Zack, Zoey Bonakdar, and Max Goldman.

Coaches: Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. Zack, Dr. Carrasco, Mr. Guay, Mrs. Moreau, Dr. Oliver, Mr. Erickson, Mrs. Kwiatkowski, and Mrs. Misleh.

March Madness

By Jack L.
Student Writer

March Madness is the biggest basketball tournament that happens each year. In order to participate, teams must win their conference or get an invitation. The basketball games happened all over the country. A lot of people like to create brackets to pick the winner. If you pick the right bracket you get a million dollars! This tournament is important because the team that wins is the best college basketball team of the year.

The top teams are beating the higher seed teams, for example, UNBC beat top team, Virginia.

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Book Recommendations for grades 4 through 6

by Sofia 
Student Writer
Book Reviews

  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
  • Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs
  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  by Chris Grabenstein
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull

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Fortnite has announced that it will come to mobile phones

by Sabi P.
Student writer
Trending news


In March of 2018, Epic Games announced that Fortnite Battle Royale would come to mobile phones with the IOS 11. This game is animated with weapons and fun places to battle. It features a map with places where you can land, weapons, potions, resources (brick, wood, and metal) and more. Fortnite has been a very popular game this year with 3.4 million concurrent players as of February 2018. This new Fornite Mobile can only be downloaded with an invite from Epic games or from a friend. People who use Xbox and Playstation 4 can play with each other on Mobile.  Sign up today at!


Trending: Most popular songs and movies

by Manoela J.
Student writer
Trending news

Top 10 songs of the week:

  • Finesse- Bruno Mars Cardi B
  • The Middle- Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
  • Bebe Rexha- Meant to be
  • Ed Sheeran- Perfect
  • Him&I- G-easy, Halsey
  • Justin Timberlake- Say Something
  • Liam Payne, Rita Ora- For You
  • Let You Down- NF
  • Pray for me- The Weekend
  • Never be the Same- Camila Cabello

Top 8 movies that are coming:

  • Avengers: Infinity War (action)
  • The Incredibles 2 (comedy)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story  (action)
  • Jurassic World: fallen Kingdom (action)
  • Deadpool 2 (comedy)

Top 3 songs in 8th grade :

  • Trust Fund Baby - Why Don’t We
  • These Girls - Why Don’t We
  • Psycho- Post Malone

The Best Part of 6th Grade

By Morgan B.
Student Writer
Stellar News

Over the week of March 12 through the 17th, the 6th grade class went to Camp Stevens. There they learned all about the environment and enjoyed all of the amenities that camp has to offer. We would get two hours of free time to either do archery or arts and crafts. It rained from Tuesday to Wednesday, so during the time it rained we would hang out in the dining hall.

Each morning we would have a morning lesson about water, habitats, and so on. During the day we would split into two groups to go hiking and eat lunch. At night we would have “Community Gathering” and would sing songs and tell stories. We would have an hour of time to get ready for bed after that, and bedtime was at ten. We had to wake up at seven and had another hour to get ready for breakfast. The food was truly amazing and we all had the time of our lives there. Camp gave us an opportunity to bond with our classmates and have fun. Most of us would want to do it again!

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The Water Crisis in South Africa

by Sofia A.
Student Writer

Did you know that there is a water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa? This water crisis caused the citizens of Cape Town to only use 25 liters of water per person every day. The drought began in 2015 and now it has reached “Day Zero”, or the day when it ran out of water. Cape Town is the first major city to run out of main water sources. The University of Cape Town discovered that this may begin to happen more commonly now because of the recent effects of global warming.

What you can do to help.

To help the citizens of Cape Town, you can try to use 50 liters of water every day to raise awareness of how much water you really use. Another thing you can do is give money to help build weatherproof water containers.

We discussed this interesting topic in social studies class, after watching CNN 10.

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Noticias en español

by Vivian G.
Student Writer
Noticias en español

La Gran Victoria de los Oscares

El dia de los Oscars, el 4 de marzo, fue un buen día para los hispanos. Guillermo del Toro ganó el oscar para mejor director y mejor película. La película era The Shape of Water, era la película que el director y por eso ganó el Oscar de “Best Director” o el mejor director. “The Shape of Water” también ganó el Oscar para “Best Picture” o la mejor película.  Guillermo del Toro es de Guadalajara, México; tiene 53 años y es padre de dos hijas.

El director Sebastián Lelio de Mendoza ganó el Oscar de “Best Foreign Language Film” con su película A Fantastic Woman que tiene la actuación de Daniela Vega. El origen del director Sebastián Lelio es de Mendoza, Argentina. Tiene 44 años y su nacionalidad es argentino y chileno.

Estos directores representaron la cultura y regiones de Latinoamérica muy bien porque enseñaron que no importa de donde eres. Puedes hacer lo que quieres aunque tengas sueños largos y difíciles. Con mucho trabajo se puede hacer todo. Sus fans y otros latinoamericanos están muy contentos porque por fin tienen alguien de su cultura y nacionalidad representando de donde son.

Fotos del evento:

Winter Paralympics 2018

by Katiana Y.
Student Writer

Basic Information

March 9 to March 18, 2018

Pyeongchang County, South Korea

What is the Paralympics?
The Paralympics is a competition of many sports for people who have disabilities.

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Sled Hockey
  • Snowboarding
  3. Google Images

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Ban On Energy Drinks in the UK. Will We Be Next?

by Owen H.
Student Writer
International News

In the UK, many of the major supermarket chains have prohibited the sale of all energy drinks and soft drinks that contain 150 mg of caffeine or more to children under 18. Many other European countries have already passed this law in the past decade. The new laws state that if you want to buy energy drinks you will have to show your ID to purchase the product.      

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DIY at home face masks, scrubs, and recipes!

by Paloma M. & Chloe N.
Student Writers
Recipes and Games


The Hydrating Avocado Mask

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  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

This moisturizing mask is great for stressed-out skin from a day outdoors. Mash the avocado until it's soft and then mix in the yogurt and honey until it forms a paste. Apply to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. For a more intense dose of hydration, incorporate one or two teaspoons of virgin olive oil into the formula, which instantly softens and smoothes skin.  

Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub

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  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 squirt of honey (just enough to mix with brown sugar and make a paste)
  • 1 drop vanilla

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and store it up to a month in glass jar or tub with lid. Old eye cream jars work great.

To apply: Rub scrub into lips and exfoliate gently. Let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse off with warm water. Apply a generous slather of lip balm afterwards to rehydrate lips. Use 1-2 times weekly.

Cinnamon bun / french toast

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French toast:

  • Egg wash
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. Cinnamon


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in medium-large bowl to create egg wash

Cinnamon bun topping:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. Butter, softened
  • ¼ cup. heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar (for garnish)

In medium bowl mix cream cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and heavy cream. Dunk 2 slices of bread in egg wash. Melt butter in a skillet on medium-low heat and cook bread for 2-3 minutes or until crumbs are crispy and bread is more solid.


  • Lee, Christa Joanna. “7 Easy, DIY Face Masks.” SELF, SELF, 19 Sept. 2016,
  • Nelson, Jennifer. “5 Homemade Lip Scrub Recipes.” MNN - Mother Nature Network, Mother Nature Network, 29 Jan. 2018,
  • “Tasty Recipes.” Tasty Recipes RecipesTastycom, 2 Feb. 2018,


Sea of Thieves is out!

by Nino B.   
Student Writer
Trending News

Sea of Thieves was released March 20, 2018. This game is only on windows 10 pcs and Xbox 1. Sea of thieves is an open-world game about being a pirate and finding treasure. To find treasure you have to use a map that isn’t completely accurate but tells you where it is. Or you could read a riddle and figure it out to find loot. Also, you can play as groups of 4, 3, 2, and 1. Sea of Thieves promotes teamwork by making people read maps while someone is steering the boat. Someone has to watch out for rocks so your ship doesn't sink. Sea of Thieves is rated T for teen.