Blue Print

The Blue Print is a production of Moffat County High School journalism program and is printed as an insert to the Craig Daily Press. The Blue Print is a member of the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists,The National Scholastic Press Association and the Colorado High School Press Association. This publication exists as an open forum for free exchange of ideas.

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Want a job? What’s your password?

What would happen if someone walked into a company for a job interview and the interviewer asked them for their Facebook password? This is occurring more and more in the work place. Give up the information and share all personal information.

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Carving out a familiar place in town

Much recognized ‘Town Bear’ began in 2002 on a whim

Tree carvings have been around for centuries. Elaine DeuPree changed things up a bit when she decided to dress up the carving in front of her house on Sixth Street. The carving goes by the name DeuBear, but many people know it as “The Town Bear.”

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First-hand witnesses to history in the making

Student Council members traveling to D.C. to see Obama Inauguration

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn into office, becoming the first President of the United States. This January 20th, President Barack Obama will be sworn into office for his second term, making this the 44th U.S. Presidential inauguration.

Should America police the world?

The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter, the Blue Print newspaper or Moffat County School District. Reporters are asked to take a specific position in order to share selected perspectives.

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One Bilbo, one Gandolf, one Gollum, one MCHS

One Book, One MCHS returns with a classic adventure tale

Travelling with 13 dwarves and the legendary wizard Gandalf is not a bad way to start off a journey. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien, introduces such familiar faces as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Gray. Bilbo’s quiet existence is shattered when Gandolf shows up at his doorstep and convinces him to embark on a dangerous journey.

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Remembering a man of service

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice. He encouraged citizens to apply the concept of nonviolence in efforts to make America a better, stronger place. King’s “I Have A Dream” and “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speeches inspired and guided America towards equality for African Americans. Across the country, his impact is recognized on the third Monday of every January. This year, King’s efforts will be celebrated on January 21st.

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Fusing diverse cultures yields delicious results

Mauka restaurant looking to make a name for itself in Craig

Spinach in a smoothie? Yep, you heard it. The Mauka Bakery puts spinach in every deliciously crafted green coconut smoothie they make. It consists of coconut milk, banana and spinach.

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Master Chief and Cortana Return

Halo 4 introduces new features

The world is crumbling; buildings are crashing and lava is bursting through the ground. Master Chief floors the pedal of his warthog and launches off a ramp, landing him and Arbiter into the cargo bay of “Forward Unto Dawn.” As they make their escape from the destruction behind them, the ship is engulfed in a bright light. Halo 3 ends.

From punching paper to tying goats, competition reins

Sophomore Dakota Ahlstrom works to be competitive in several arenas

Shooting rifles and riding horses. Both are rather common occurrences in Moffat County. However, fifteen year old sophomore Dakota Ahlstrom has made an art form out of both. Between school and studying, she is working on refining her skills and competitiveness in both.

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Reading between the lines

Manufacturers offer insightful information upon closer review

The energy drink market is a $3.4 billion dollar a year industry. By some estimates, nearly one-third of US teenagers consume energy drinks. That’s nearly 8 million kids.

Is stem cell research ethical?

Do the benefits from stem cell research outweigh the ethical dilemmas? What are the potential ramifications?

The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter, the Blue Print newspaper or Moffat County School District. Reporters are asked to take a specific position in order to share selected perspectives.

Who really needs an education in art?

Application of the arts enhances learning in core subjects

Math…Science…Literature…History…Art? Is art really necessary in K-12 education? Well, according to the Welch Medical Library, when asked, 41% of students who nearly dropped out of high school reported that the arts were what kept them in school. Many would also say that the arts are a way to bring people together to work towards a common goal or to find common ground. It often times speaks where words cannot. For example, visual arts can be many things; an expression of someone’s views of the world, an interpretation of life, or simply a random creative illustration. Theatrical arts can be the ultimate imitation of life, history and emotion. And music is a universal language that anyone can understand no matter their sex, race, religion or cultural background.

Our kids ain’t writing so good

Technology skill doesn’t automatically make better writers

Spell check doesn’t help. Even with the aid of word processing technology, only about a fourth of American eighth- and 12th-graders can be considered reasonably conversant with Mother English. So goes a bleak assessment of U.S. students’ writing skills by the National Assessment Governing Board, which issues the annual “Nation’s Report Card.” According to the report, a whopping 24 percent of students in those grades in 2011 could write coherent essays with proper grammar and usage.

Winning isn’t the most important thing

Positive response to one game played with different emphasis

One football game stood out from all the rest this season and not because of the score. Our community, students, and members of the band cheered for the opposing team. Ridgeview Academy was the reason. Football coach Kip Hafey was inspired to follow in the footsteps of a Christian church in Texas and invite Ridgeview Academy to play the Bulldogs after learning about the One Heart Project. Hafey saw it as a perfect opportunity for MCHS. The One Heart Project started in Grapevine, TX in 2008 when the Gainesville Tornadoes, a detention school, organized a football game against Faith Christian High School. Faith Christian made a spirit line for the Tornadoes and cheered for them during the game. Faith Christian wanted to let the Tornadoes know they had support as well.

New faces in the building

The high school had several new members join the staff this school year. Some are new in town. Some are returning to old grounds. Here are the new members of the staff and a little background about each of them.

Giving as good as she gets

Debra Ann Harris reflects on her life and a conversation with God

Debra Ann Harris, 57, describes her favorite job as being an at-home caregiver. “[I was] taking care of all these wonderful old ladies and old men and it was an honor talking and living with these people.” She was a caregiver six days a week doing jobs for her patients such as cooking, cleaning, check writing, paying bills, and mailing things out. Mrs. Harris believes that becoming a caregiver is a special calling. She says it was “handed to me by God and I kind of balked at it and He kicked me in the butt with it and said, ‘This is what you want to be!’”

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