• THE SPARTAN STAR

    Our New Digital School News Publication

    January 2020

     

  • Homework can Take a Toll on Students

    By: Emma Charnick & Maryann Blyashuk

    Homework can take a toll on students. Homework can make students feel more stressed and under pressure to do good. It also can  make students also feel more depressed and lonely. According to healthline.com it says, “In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society.” This quote explains how homework causes you extra emotional distress. It also isolates you from the world. In conclusion, homework can take a toll on students. Also, distract them from what's going on in the world. 

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Sam’s Sports:

    A Year in Review - Major League Baseball - Part I

         To some sports is a religion and this column will cultivate this. The column will include thorough and animated sports discussion and news review. The column will also include exclusive interviews from professional athletes.

         The topic of this issue will include a baseball season review. Stay tuned for the next issue which will be an NFL season review,NHL season check-in  and a Joe Licata interview. ORIOLES: Right on line with where they were supposed to be with a 54-108 record. They did better than last year,get a 2nd overall and found useful pieces moving on in Hanser Alberto,Renato Nunez and All-Star John Means.  RED SOX:Disappointing season in Beantown,missing out of the postseason with a mediocre pitching staff and losing JD Martinez,Rick Porcello and Brock Holt in free agency among others. Look for Boston to go all out next year in a last ditch effort before Mookie Betts becomes a free agent. YANKEES:Is it possible for 100 win seasons to be disappointing? It is for the Yankees who have missed out on the World Series for now a decade. They still have solid pieces like breakout star DJ Lemahieu,the power duo of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton and the promising Gleyber Torres. RAYS:Low budget underdog put up a fight to Houston in the ALDS look for another successful season next year. Breakout star Tyler Glasnow and All-Star Austin Meadows form a solid core surrounded by dependable Charlie Morton,Brandon Lowe,Matt Duffy,Tommy Pham and postseason hero Yandy Diaz. BLUE JAYS:They are inching closer to contending for sure. Despite a horrible offense and bad pitching plus a worse record Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr will form a sweet core and Lourdes Gurriel Jr showed promise. Other than this they need to make huge strides in both pitching and batting but the bright future and potential on the roster still remains. WHITE SOX:These guys made huge strides this year. Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito had breakout years at the plate and mound respectively and they found pieces moving forward with batting title winner Tim Anderson and highly touted rookie Eloy Jimenez. They’ve also had one of the better off seasons in baseball adding star catcher Yasmani Grandal,notable pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Keuchel,and solid sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Nomar Mazara. Another great sign is a loaded farm that includes insane prospects Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert. Look for a possible contention spot next year in the easy AL Central. INDIANS:It was their division to lose this year and they sure lost it to the surging Twins. Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor are both star players on their team and Shane Bieber as proved he can be a solid major league pitcher. The team’s strong point is pitching led by Bieber,Mike Clevinger and rookie Zach Plesac. However the offense had little depth and despite a solid season it was disappointing considering the Indians position. TIGERS:The joke of the year,at least they get the 1st Overall pick next year. Not many good stories on the team other than being one of Miguel Cabrera’s last years of his historic career and a so-so year by Matt Boyd. ROYALS:They pretty much did what they had to do this year,get a high draft pick (4th Overall) and develop youngsters (Adalberto Mondesi). They also had a solid year from 2nd baseman Whit Merrifield TWINS:A semi-surprise year that ended disappointingly. I’m calling this year a success for the Twins as they exceed expectations to get a 100 win season. They did go out meekly to the Yankees, which is a small stain on a great year. ASTROS:Another outstanding year with one of the most dangerous lineups in a while including Jose Altuve,George Springer,Michael Brantley,Carlos Correa and Yordan Alvarez. They also had an outstanding rotation led by Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. They just couldn’t put it all together in a Game 7 loss to the Nationals. Look for them to do something similar next year. ANGELS:Just another mediocre year with bad pitching and a waste of yet another great Mike Trout season. They continually just stay where they have been and have pressure to had talent around Trout. RIP Tyler Skaggs. ATHLETICS:A very similar year to last year,wild card loss and a 90 win season. They had a nice find in Mike Fiers and have the best Matt duo in baseball. (Chapman and Olson). MARINERS:First foray into tanking and after an amazing start they quickly faded. They were able to showcase decent youth but continue to cycle pitchers in and out and have been unable to secure any real,consistent talent. At least they get 6th Overall. RANGERS:A surprise season to be sure but they faded in the end. You can’t help but think it was a fluke but Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus had nice years and Mike Minor and Lance Lynn offered stability on the mound.

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  • Sam’s Sports:

    A Year in Review - Major League Baseball - Part II

    BRAVES:Another 2018 similar year led by comeback player Josh Donaldson and budding star Ronald Acuna. They had flashes of greatness but couldn’t get it done in the postseason. MARLINS:They actually showed promise this year and as a bonus get to pick 3rd overall. Don’t expect them to be as bad anymore. Jon Berti,Harold Ramirez and Garrett Cooper were excellent garbage bin pickups and the pitching was the only thing that killed them. METS:Oh my dear Mets. They suffered from a horrible GM and an ineffective bullpen but still managed to keep close in the playoff race and had a historic rookie year from Pete Alonso. Jeff McNeil and JD Davis also had nice surprise years while Jacob deGrom continued to pitch well on the mound. PHILLIES:Probably the most disappointing team in the bigs. Despite adding Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto they choked in the end and failed to provide any real pitching highlights. Better luck next year Phils! I guess Bryce really did “bring a title to DC”. NATIONALS:Wow is all I can say. They came back from an atrocious start to win it all and had plenty of ups and downs. Scherzer and Strasburg were as great as always but they also added a key element to their game this year:clutchness. Howie Kendrick was a postseason hero and the Nats bullpen which was horrible in the regular season locked down in the postseason. CUBS:Speaking of disappointing teams the Cubs literally choked their way out of the postseason. This year really tested all the fairweather Cubs fan. At least Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez had a nice year. REDS:Better season than last and great performances by breakout star Aristides Aquino and Eugenio Suarez. Overall not bad,with a step in the right direction. Unfortunately for them they are in the extremely hard NL Central. BREWERS:Trent Grisham is now a very unpopular name in Milwaukee but don’t let that dampen another solid season by all on the team including an MVP-like year by Christian Yelich. Look for similar results next year. PIRATES:Man a rough year for the Bucs. The Chris Archer trade not only turned out absolutely horrible but Felipe Vazquez got him some trouble to say the least. At least Josh Bell,Kevin Newman and Bryan Reynolds were all super promising. Don’t expect much from the Buccos though with horrible pitching. CARDINALS:Wow how 1 player can make a difference. Add Paul Goldschmidt and this team immediatly made the NLCS. Paul DeJong is super underrated and Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson had great years on the mound. DIAMONDBACKS:The D-backs did all they could do but just fell short of the playoffs. Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar are now stars and the Diamondbacks have plenty of pieces to try again next year. ROCKIES:What a fall from grace. They started the year as a postseason contender and ended it with 91 losses. They just need better pitching and it should straighten out a team that has Nolan Arenado,Charlie Blackmon,Trevor Story and David Dahl. The pitching gap is a large one. DODGERS:They are officially the least clutch team out there they had all the pieces but lost to the resurgent Nationals. That didn’t stop Cody Bellinger from posting video game numbers though.` They were all around a good team but just can’t master the postseason. GIANTS:They made it look close at the end but they ended up falling short of a postseason berth. Alex Dickerson and Mike Yaztrzemski were nice garbage pile finds but the Giants need to do better to be successful. PADRES:Yet another losing season but don’t let that dampen the best farm in baseball. Fernando Tatis Jr and Chris Paddack showed promise.

        So that's a wrap. I hope you enjoyed. I personally believe that the 2019 season was one of the better in recent memory. Next issue will be more diverse as more sports seasons wrap up so stay tuned to Sam’s Sports!

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