Worst songs roasting on an open fire

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By Patrick Evans & Brady Rogers

As the winter holiday season officially begins, we begin spending two months shoving our earholes with the same songs over and over again. Needless to say, some are better than others, but to make this list the song has to absolutely suck. Here are the ones that destroy our Christmas spirit:

“The Chipmunk Song” — Alvin and the Chipmunks

Nothing hurts your ears more than the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas songs, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. We apologize in advance to any young kids who read this, but the chipmunks are unbearable to listen to. Listening to the pitch at which they not only talk, but sing, shouldn’t be legal. It should come with a warning in advance, like medicine commercials that list every side effect possible. Warning: eardrums may explode.

“Where Are You Christmas?” — Faith Hill

“Where Are You…

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All I want for Christmas is for people to leave me alone

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By Mercedes Gray-Davis

There’s many that cringe at the thought of the constant calls from Beaverton school district at five in the morning telling you that you still have school. The idea of Christmas shopping with angry soccer moms that rage over her 1% off coupon not working and the ample discussion of all of Starbucks holiday drinks. This year, the Hummer staff compiled a list of reasons we don’t enjoy the holiday season.

  • Retail

As someone who works in retail, this makes my life a bit stressful. Many complain about lines at the store but they’re also just part of the problem. Yes, I know you had to wait 10 minutes in line, but you have three items and it would’ve been easier to go to self-checkout. The person in front of you bought $300 worth of Christmas decorations so please don’t get mad at me for taking a long…

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One of Pixar’s best movies yet

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By Tatiana García

Coco is visually stunning, culturally immersive and one of Pixar’s best movies yet. Coco has domestically made a whopping 89.6 million U.S. dollars at the box office and has been rated fresh (97%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

coco.pngMiguel strumming Ernesto De La Cruz guitar and ignitingthe Land of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar).

Coco takes place on the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday in which one celebrates loved ones who’ve passed on. Miguel, a boy from a family of shoemakers, embarks on a coming-of-age journey as an aspiring musician. But he finds himself held back to pursue that dream, as his family has held a generation old ban on music ever since his great great great grandmother was left by a musician. In Miguel’s determination to follow his goals and be as great of a musician as his idol Ernesto De La Cruz, he finds…

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There’s a secret behind Oregon’s official state pie

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By Katie Burris

As the weeks get shorter and the weather gets colder, celebrate with the best fall food ever – PIE. But not just any pie will do. In the past few weeks, an exciting Oregon legislature has been passed to make marionberry pie Oregon’s official state pie.

Many of you may be wondering, “What the heck is a marionberry?” To answer that question for you, Beaverton High’s very own marionberry expert, Richard Turner, an English teacher, is here to put all marionberry myths to rest. In his own words, here is the unofficial history of marionberries.

“They’re actually from [Germany], and they were brought over by Luther Burbank, a plant-breeder who said, ‘Wow, I bet these would go really good here, I could breed them into something cool.’ So he did, and he made several different varieties of blackberry and they escaped from his farm, and now are…

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Diary of a wimpy teen telemarketer

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By Kimaia Gassner & Noe Lambert

Beaverton Education Fund gives money to 51 of the 53 schools in the Beaverton School District. One of their most successful fundraisers is the Phone-a-Thon.  Students from different clubs from all over the district gather in a muggy, confined, yoga room as the Executive Director, Kristine Baggett cheers forcefully to get everyone pumped about this year’s event and how we will all benefit from the phone calls that we will be making that night. And remember “Stick. To. The. Script.”

Each year, the newspaper squad gathers up and peers around the room. The HS2 ski team stares at me as I walk in late. As I survey the room, I notice we’re the cutest team here— but what’s new.

The beginning meeting comes to a close, the overly excited grownup volunteers call out the different groups as we hang our heads and file out of…

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Cold weather, hot food, warm tummy

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By Patrick Evans & Brady Rogers

As the leaves begin to fall, so does our desire for popsicles. The changing of the seasons means a stronger need for comfort foods, they add a nostalgic feeling, to a time before we had to worry about what our president tweeted next. The Opinion section threw their heads together and came up with a list of some of their favorite comfort foods for when the weather gets colder.

Now don’t sleep on the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. Soup in any flavor is always comforting, but homemade tomato brings a warm zest that is indescribable (except we kind of described it). Don’t even get us started on the grilled cheese, the cheesy goodness of Tillamook cheddar in every bite is unbelievable. Name a better duo, we’ll wait.

Grilled Cheese may be great, but the true comfort during the perpetual cold, rainy season of…

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Girls soccer scores on senior night against Southridge

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By Kimaia Gassner

The Beavers turned off the lights on the Skyhawks in a 3-0 shutout. Last Monday night was girls’ varsity soccer senior night against rival school Southridge.  The Beavers boast eight seniors this year, all of which played a significant role in Monday’s game.

Of those eight seniors, Natalie Perkins, Megan Harrington, and Makenna Blix have all played at the varsity level since freshman year.

Historically, there’s been a long stretched rivalry between Beaverton and Southridge. Aside from that however, last year in the second round of playoffs #15 Beaverton upset state contender #2 Southridge 4-1.  Since the upset, both Beavers and Skyhawks have been gunning for their next matchup.

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Makenna Blix looks for an open person to throw to in the first half. (Photo by Jackson Higham).

In the first 20 seconds of the match, Southridge had a self-inflicted goal that had everyone in the stands yelling.  The Beavers…

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Club sports and high school sports: the real rivalry

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By Cooper Graham

Sports have been a big part in the lives of athletes and those close to them, whether it be micro soccer or professional soccer, pee wee football or college ball at a D1 school. Sports and other activities have the potential to change people’s lives, and they have for years.

Sports teach skills that can be used as the athlete gets older, and it is done in a way that allows them to have fun in the process of it. They can even be a potential money maker or saver as athletes enter the next stage in their life.

There are tons of sports out there to participate in, and no two are exactly the same. For teenage athletes, there are two main categories; high school sports and club sports. The differences between the two include the level of competitiveness, the importance of education and connections to college…

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Cracking down on distracted driving will save lives

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By Connor Patrick

With the advent of smartphones, distracted driving has become a glaring problem around the world. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, 1330 injuries and 14 deaths directly resulted from cell-phone related distracted driving crashes from 2011-15. These numbers are just from the state of Oregon.

The state has addressed its feeble cell phone laws and is cracking down on distracted driving. Effective October 1st, Oregon will put into effect a new, strict distracted driving policy.

Previously, the law discouraged cell phone use but had many loopholes and was basically only enforced for drivers that were obviously texting or talking on the phone. Texting or calling (without a hands-free device) while driving held a $160 fine. When the new law is implemented, the presumptive fine will be $260, with a rapidly increasing cost for repeat offenders. A third time offender could face a misdemeanor charge with jail time…

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Jesuit hands off QB Alex Brown to Beaverton

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By Noe Lambert

Beaverton High School has welcomed senior, Alex Brown, not only to the school this fall, but the varsity football team. Brown was a student at Jesuit his first three years of high school, one of Beaverton’s biggest competitors. However, Brown was prompted to become a Beaver his last year of high school because he felt Beaverton’s football program was a better fit for him. The 6’5” senior snagged the role as starting quarterback this season, contributing to the Beavers’ two victories over West Linn and Battleground.

Entering a new high school and securing a role on the starting lineup may seem intimidating, especially if you’re a senior. However, Brown has felt completely accepted by his new teammates. From the minute he was introduced to the Beaverton Football Program, Brown felt as though he had been there a lifetime. The quarterback stated, “Even though I have only known…

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