Staying on Track During Quarantine: Running Edition

By: Ellie Skjersaa Sun floods through my curtains as I open them, attempting to keep a positive mindset as I get my running clothes on, grab my nature valley granola bar, and walk out the front door.  Today we have a hill workout. Simple enough. I warmup, run to a 400 meter hill, and prepare myself for a painful 8 repetitions. Though it is a … Continue reading Staying on Track During Quarantine: Running Edition

All American: The New High School Classic

By: Emily Orman Family. Football. Friendship. All American, a CW TV show and Netflix favorite has returned for a second season. And no one is complaining.  Centered around the life of talented football player Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), All American works to show the reader the truth behind high school football in America, specifically in cutthroat competitive locations with money to spend like Beverly Hills. … Continue reading All American: The New High School Classic

A Summer Without Tourists

By: Hannah Kenneth The Bend Oregon summer: Bonta Gelato (famed for fun flavors and wafting scents of vanilla waffle cones), guitar strumming from a concert in the nearby Old Mill, hippies congregating in Drake Park and the smell of burgers and beer emitted from the famed Deschutes brewery. Not to mention California license plates scattered throughout from those visiting the growing town and its businesses. … Continue reading A Summer Without Tourists

Review: Paparazzi Lightning

By: Barbara Norton  I can vividly remember the first time I heard “Sad Sad City,” the sixth track off of Ghostland Observatory’s Paparazzi Lightning. I had fallen down the YouTube indietronica rabbit hole and landed on a grainy concert video from 2007 with barely any views.  Once the video focused I was introduced to a scuffed stage, laden with speakers and wires and lit only … Continue reading Review: Paparazzi Lightning

The Novel Nation : Life After A Pandemic

By Charlie Hobin    Like a deer prancing across the highway, the Covid-19 Pandemic brought society across the globe to a screeching halt. Millions lounge around engaged in the infinity of Netflix while questioning, “when will we go back to normal?” Scientists, Politicians, and Pundits of all kinds are unsure of when this emancipation day will arrive, but one thing is certain, this future normal will … Continue reading The Novel Nation : Life After A Pandemic

Quarantine Quandaries

By: Viansa Reid Author’s Note: I’ve spent way too much time with my family these past few weeks, so in light of the world’s situation, I wrote a multi-perspective story through two different ages and a naïve point of view. This story represents a possible day of mishaps for a Storm family during quarantine. Teenager: I’m a good kid I swear. My parents said they … Continue reading Quarantine Quandaries

How Are Sparrows Chosen?

By: Viansa Reid Storm students and Thunder contestants are hard at work raising money for Tytan Neff, this year’s Storm Sparrow. But what happens to the other families who applied to be a Sparrow but weren’t selected? “[The families that aren’t selected] are very few and far between,” said Nancy Childers, the Regional Director of Sparrow. “I’ve been with Sparrow for a total of almost … Continue reading How Are Sparrows Chosen?

Mock Trial Storms State

By: Madison Chambers In a sea of black blazers and white button downs, only one group of students represented Central Oregon at the State Mock Trial Competition. Those students were Summit’s Mock Trial team, who previously won first place in the Regional Mock Trial Competition. Summit Mock Trial dedicated countless hours to preparing for the State level of competition. “State was definitely a higher level … Continue reading Mock Trial Storms State

How to Trick Your Brain Into Being Productive

By: Charlie Hobin The self-help industry is one of the fastest-growing markets of the 21st century. It’s expected to surpass $13 billion dollars in the next two years- but don’t be surprised by this rapid growth. According to a study done by the PEW Research center, Americans spend over 4 hours a day on their smartphones. This newfound world of distracting content has prompted many … Continue reading How to Trick Your Brain Into Being Productive

How the Office Group Can Help You

By: Hannah Kenneth A stone’s throw away from the home of the Storm lies a secret sanctuary known as the Office Group (TOG), where a handful of students can get some much-needed help and guidance. You may catch these students talking with Betsy Kohler (resident math tutor and faux-mom), heating up some Cup Noodles in the makeshift kitchen or gazing at the U.S. map dotted … Continue reading How the Office Group Can Help You

Review: “Happy & Sad” By Kacey Musgraves

By: Brooke Leggat Kacey Musgraves has always been my go-to artist whenever I want to feel a certain type of way. With songs ranging from tangy, country love songs to upbeat pop-ish country crossover, I just can’t get enough. It’s safe to say, I’m a pretty big fan.  Though I listen to all of Musgraves’ songs on repeat in the shower, at the gym, in … Continue reading Review: “Happy & Sad” By Kacey Musgraves

Natural Disasters: Expect to See More

By: Thomas Schwiebert A devastating tornado swept through northern Tennessee early on Tuesday, March 3rd, leaving the city in shambles, with at least 24 dead and 38 missing.  According to AccuWeather, this tornado is the most deadly since 2013, when 24 people were killed in the small town of Moore, Oklahoma. While tornados of this magnitude are a rare tragedy, scientists say that we can … Continue reading Natural Disasters: Expect to See More

What Else is COVID-19 Killing?

By: Parker Meredith At this point, everyone has heard of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The virus that is believed to have started in an open-air market in Wuhan, China, has begun to spread rapidly. Scientists are unsure of the total damage this disease could bring, however some people have drawn comparisons between it and the Bubonic Plague. Just about three months after it was … Continue reading What Else is COVID-19 Killing?

Grammy’s 2020: A Night of Legends

By: Sasha Stringer Just hours after the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles, California. Taking place at the Staples Center, aka Bryant’s home court, those in attendance felt the full force of Bryant’s death. Alicia Keys, Host of Grammy’s Telecast, opened the night by speaking a few words of the tragedy.  “We’re all feeling crazy … Continue reading Grammy’s 2020: A Night of Legends

In the City

By: Jess McComb I stood there in the slight drizzle, slouched under my hood, eyes locked on the pebbled ground as I waited. A streetcar arrived with a quiet clatter, white noise to city dwellers and a peculiar nuance to its visitors. I stepped aboard the car, casually gripping the steel bars as if it were a habit. Greeted by a new environment, my eyes … Continue reading In the City

The Frights Face Reality

By: India Slodki Thanks to songs like “Tungs” and “Crust Bucket”, I used to associate The Frights with the fire of one’s teenage years. A revitalization of punk at best, hopeless romantics at worst, The Frights always made me yearn for a reckless adventure. However, with their new album, it seems they’re starting to face what happens after the dancing on tables and kissing strangers … Continue reading The Frights Face Reality

Review: Miss Americana

By: Emily Orman From drama-filled docuseries like Cheer to real-crime episodes that transport you  into a maximum security prison like I Am A Killer, documentaries have been on the rise on Netflix. A new addition to this list is Miss Americana, a documentary about the face of pop music herself: Taylor Swift.  In just under an hour and a half, Miss Americana invites the viewer … Continue reading Review: Miss Americana

Not a Plant God? Don’t Lose Hope…

By: Natasha Visnack Some Storm students have super powers. While they aren’t defeating evil villains or saving helpless civilians, these students are nonetheless the topic of envy and admiration among their peers. Their powers create growth and life in anything they touch. Well, more specifically, any plant they touch. We all know people that can make plants grow by simply glancing at them. While the … Continue reading Not a Plant God? Don’t Lose Hope…